Spanish police break up Europe’s largest illegal TV streaming service

epa07452732 An undated and undisclosed location handout picture made available by the Spanish National Police on 21 March 2019, shows the seized material (R) and a police agent during an operation against IPTV piracy. Five people have been detained, three in Spain, in a joint police operation between Spain, UK, Denmark and Europol. The investigation, initiated back in 2015 after the Premiere League sued a website based in Malaga for alleged intellectual property crime, has uncovered a network created by an international criminal organization operating from Spain, Denmark, UK, Latvia, Netherlands and Cyprus. EPA-EFE/SPANISH NATIONAL POLICE HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Spanish Police launched a major operation against an international criminal organization accused of illegally selling access to pay-TV over the internet. Spanish officials calculate that this was Europe’s largest illegal TV streaming service and is estimated to have made €8 million in profits since 2013.

Spanish police have arrested five members of a criminal organization which is based in Spain and has branches in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Latvia, the Netherlands and Cyprus.

Thousands of people from 30 different countries paid between €40 and €460 a month to watch their favourite soccer games, TV shows and movies. The monthly fees were made to a company in Gibraltar, the British Overseas Territory located in the south of Spain.
Police were alerted to the organization in 2015 after Premier League, England’s first division soccer league, filed a complaint stating that a web-based service in Málaga in Costa del Sol was offering Internet Protocol television (IPTV) subscriptions – a service that distributes pay-TV online – without authorization.

The Spanish police led a joint investigation with Denmark and the United Kingdom in which 14 other branches were found: eight in Spain (in Málaga, Madrid and Alicante), four in Denmark and two in the United Kingdom.

As a result of the investigation, 66 servers were disconnected and the rest, which were part of a network of internationally connected computers, were detected and identified.

Via El Pais

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