This is the spy system inside a Wifi router allegedly used by an AirBnb host to secretly film guests staying at his flat found after a female security expert who stayed there spotted it.
According to local media, the home owner is serving a 20-day detention period after police discovered he had been secretly filming guests at his flat in the city of Qingdao in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong since March this year.
The unnamed man, who is exemplified as a ‘superhost’ on the online marketplace, was rumbled when a security expert came to stay for three nights.
The woman, identified by her online alias ‘Yunfei’, works for an internet and information security company and is accustomed to checking hotel rooms and rented accommodation wherever she stays.
She reportedly paid 1,700 RMB (192 GBP) for a three-night stay in the apartment.
‘Yunfei’ told local media: “I found a motion sensor monitor at the flat’s entrance and two in the two bedrooms, which is odd since the flat had not been renovated for smart-home automation. I turned the sensors to face the wall and covered them with stickers.”
‘Yunfei’ continued to check the TV and smoke detectors, common places to hide a camera, before inspecting the WiFi router.
She noticed a light that appeared unusual, adding: “I checked it carefully and found the line arrangement was different from the usual ones.”
The bright young woman then compared the router with an online photo and realised that it had been altered.
After opening the router and finding a digital memory card inside, she immediately called the cops and “they came and took away the equipment”.
Meanwhile, Airbnb has confirmed that the man’s flat has been removed from its platform.
A spokeswoman told local media: “We sincerely apologised to the client and have taken the flat off the apartment listings.”
The company also refunded the woman the money she paid for her stay.
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Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report