Europol and the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) have helped to dismantle an illegal IPTV streaming business following raids in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece.
Europol said that four people were arrested and 17 houses searched in a strike against a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal business, which allegedly distributed Greek, Cypriot and foreign pay TV channels across Europe for as little as €20 per month.
The investigation uncovered machine sites that worked with the central server to relay subscriber channels. Servers used to distribute channels were shut down and IP addresses hosted by a Dutch company were deactivated.
The investigation was led by the Cypriot Police’s intellectual property crime unit, with the help of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police.
The action was also supported by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³) and AAPA members Irdeto, a specialist in digital platform security, and Nova, a provider of home entertainment services in Greece.