Sidus HQ was revealed today to have relied on cloned mobile phones to monitor their artistes like Jeon Ji Hyun, etc and this has now created an uproar among many in Korea (remember this?). To get to the bottom of this, investigation teams from the Seoul Police Department turned up without notice yesterday morning at the offices of Sidus HQ and seized computer hard disks and related documents for investigation. In addition, representatives from Sidus HQ was also called up for questioning today for further investigation as well.
The illegal practice of cloning mobile phones is usually done without the mobile phone owner knowledge whereby the identity of one mobile phone is duplicated on another mobile phone. This allows one to have access to all the calls and text messages transmitted on the target mobile phone using the clone mobile phone. And through this, anyone can be monitored with relative ease.
If Sidus HQ was found out at the end of the investigations to have any involvement in cloning Jeon Ji Hyun’s mobile phone, then this will be the first-ever case that directly implicates a Korean management company which has infringed on its artiste personal rights through this kind of illegal monitoring and will no doubt open a can of worms in the Korean entertainment industry.
The Seoul Police Department was investigating a routine case and by coincidence, they found Jeon Ji Hyun’s number among the many victims, and this prompted the police to investigate Sidus HQ for any wrongdoings.
A police representative expressed, “This case wasn’t reported by Jeon Ji Hyun. We only started our investigations on Sidus HQ after analysing our sources. If they were found to have any involvement, then the ones implicated within the company will be charge with infringing on personal rights of its artistes.”
The police representative also revealed that there were other artistes involved but they are not going to reveal any more names as it is pending investigation. Sidus HQ has claimed in a statement that they will not monitor their artistes personal life and will cooperate with the police in full for the real truth.
Park Min Young is also under Sidus HQ unfortunately.