European police forces are rolling up an illegal streaming service with 800 channels

Mar

24

2019

A partnership between police in Spain, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands and Cyprus has led to the winding up of a network of illegal video streaming providers. Eleven data centers are closed, mainly in Spain.

The Spanish National Police announces that a total of 14 raids were committed, eight of which were in Spain, four in Denmark and two in the United Kingdom. 66 servers were found at those eleven data centers. The heart of the operation seems to have been in Denmark, which, according to the authorities, was due to the fact that it has high broadband speeds.

The gang offered access to a total of more than 800 different channels on its streaming services. The packages varied in costs from 40 euros per month to 460 euros, although the latter amount could probably have been spent several months. In addition, copyrighted material could be downloaded and foreign radio stations were also offered. The customers of the service are in more than 30 different countries.

A total of five people were arrested. According to the Spanish police, the detainees live in expensive homes in the coastal city of Málaga, where they also maintained a constantly varying fleet of luxury cars. They are suspected of membership of a criminal organization, theft of intellectual property, money laundering and telecom fraud.

The police estimate that the operation has yielded some 8 million euros since the start, the year of which is not mentioned. In addition, a further € 1.6 million would have been transferred to companies in other countries in the context of money laundering. The investigation has been running since 2015, when the English Premier League filed a complaint about the streaming services.

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