(He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.) pic.twitter.com/6Kgk Dm EZXB — Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 28, 2017 a thing for some time.
In “oh, that’s a thing now” news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single “motion detector” in his Air BNB in the bedroom and voila, it’s an IP camera connected to the web.
He turned the cameras off when his apartment was being rented out, he claimed. Well, surprise, surprise: when police seized two smoke detectors with hidden cameras, computers, SD cards and anything else that could store data, they found footage of Airbnb guests. The host, Wayne Natt, is now facing felony charges of video voyeurism.
And no, you’re not safe from hidden webcams – or from non-hidden webcams that have been hacked, for that matter – if you opt for a hotel room over an Airbnb listing.
Hotel owners have also been found guilty of setting up live links to record people having sex.
You can see why Airbnb hosts would want to record guests: they don’t want their places trashed, and they don’t want their stuff stolen.
There are ways to avoid getting ripped off on Airbnb from a cyber perspective, but hidden surveillance cameras are a whole other kettle of fish.