Netflix’s new true crime film Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror, explores the investigation into the Nth room, an online sex abuse ring that blackmailed women and girls into sharing sexually explicit videos in South Korea.
The documentary looks into the creation of the Nth room and how Cho Ju-bin and Moon Hyung-wook coerced their victims into sending the explicit videos via messaging app Telegram, which was then circulated in pay-per-view chatrooms.
Moon and Cho ran their own chatrooms under the aliases god god (Moon) and Doctor (Cho) between 2017 and 2020, and both are part of the Nth Room case.
Here is everything you need to know about the two men, and where they are now.
Where Are Cho Ju-bin and Moon Hyung-wook from ‘Cyber Hell’: Exposing an Internet Horror’ Now?
The Nth room case saw at least 103 known victims, of which 26 were minors, be targeted, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency.
It was reported the Nth Room chatroom that Moon constructed had approximately 260,000 users accessing the sexually explicit images and videos he blackmailed from his victims.
Cho created a separate chatroom named Doctor’s Room, in which he similarly blackmailed women and young girls into sharing sexually explicit videos which he then sold on Telegram.
Per the BBC, at least 10,000 people had access to Cho’s chatroom and some even paid up to $1,200 to access the explicit material.
Cho was arrested in March 16, 2020 and he was indicted with 38 accomplices. His name was made public after a petition received five million signatures, per the publication.
According to reports, as he was led away from Seoul police station Cho said: “I apologize to those who were hurt by me. Thank you for putting a brake on the life of a devil that could not be stopped.”
In October 2021 Cho was sentenced to 42 years in prison, per Yonhap News Agency, which was previously reduced from 45 years at an appeals court.
It was reported that the Supreme Court also confirmed the criminal would have to wear an electronic ankle tag for 30 years, and he had to pay a 100 million won ($90,000) forfeiture.
The publication also reported Cho was banned from working in children-related facilities for 10 years following his release, and also that his details would remain public during that decade.
Moon was arrested in May 2020, and at first the 24-year-old student’s name was not made public. However, it was revealed following deliberation by a seven-member advisory group.
Yonhap News Agency claimed Moon was accused of “making profits by selling obscene, and sometimes gruesome, photos and videos produced through blackmailing and coercing victims.”
One month after his arrest Moon was indicted and later charged with “producing and possessing sexually explicit videos of 21 victims from early 2017 to early 2019 and blackmailing three parents of his victims by threatening to release the videos,” according to the publication.
At his trial it was revealed he had distributed 3,762 videos on the chatroom from February 2019 to January 2020, and on August 19, 2021 he was sentenced to 34 years in prison.
Moon attempted to appeal the sentence, but on November 11, 2021 the decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in South Korea, per Yonhap News Agency.
Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror is out now on Netflix.
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