European police smash 'world's largest' TV piracy operation

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The network had five million customers in Italy alone.

Germany, France and the Netherlands shut down around 200 computer servers as part of the anti-digital piracy operation. – 123rf.com

Police arrested at least 23 suspects as part of the ongoing operation against Xtream Codes, an alleged illegal pirating operation which Eurojust said caused damages worth some €6.5mil to the market. "The damage caused to the broadcast companies, the private sector and public institutions so far is immense," Filippo Spiezia, Italy's representative at Eurojust, told a press conference in The Hague.

The gang's platform decrypted copyright protected television images and re-broadcast them on the Internet"on a wide scale". Subscriptions were advertised on a Facebook page"telling people for a small price they could access all TV channels on demand", Sico said.

 

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