350 pirate IPTV channels shut down and threaten to sue their users

Italy is likely one of the international locations that’s at present preventing probably the most towards Pirate IPTV. IPTV gamers are recognized within the nation as «pezzotto«, Used by 1000’s of users to illegally watch motion pictures, collection and dwell content material; particularly sports activities. Now, Eurojust has reported a macro-network on the European stage that has ended with the closure of an IPTV supplier that’s among the many most used all through Europe.

350 Telegram channels closed

The operation, known as “Perfect Storm”, has had the participation of safety forces from Spain, Malta, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden, Belgium, Romania, the Netherlands and France, which have acted in a coordinated method with greater than 700 brokers. In the method, they’ve seized 5,500 servers in additional than 12 completely different places, though the Guardia Di Finanza (GdF) speaks of 5,500 “IT assets”, which incorporates servers, administration platforms, streaming web sites and 350 Telegram channels.

The IPTV platform broadcast pirated content material from Netflix, Disney + and DAZN by means of knowledge facilities world wide. In whole, 23 suspects have been recognized, with 30 search and arrest warrants. There have been raids on 100 homes, however there has solely been one arrested in Italy, who could be the chief of the group. Along with the computer systems and gear utilized by the group, a number of luxurious automobiles and 334 PayPal accounts had been seized.

They threaten to sue users by means of their IP

According to the authorities, the community obtained a revenue of 10.62 million euros. In addition, within the raids they’ve obtained info that may permit the identification of subscribers in Italy and in different international locations the place in addition they had users. The IP addresses of these users have been registered, and within the coming months they declare that they are going to consider how to proceed legally towards these users. In addition, they declare that users obtained a warning message in their streams wherein they had been knowledgeable of the authorized penalties that consumption of any such content material may have.

According to estimates by the GdF, there are about 50 million IPTV subscribers worldwide, and 5 million in Italy alone, therefore we’re going to see extra and extra arrests of this sort.