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Spain: 7 arrested for pirating STBs

April 8, 2016

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Seven people have been arrested in several Spanish cities (Madrid, Terrasa, Toledo, Córdoba and Cuevas Bajas in Málaga) for manipulating STBs to give illegal access to pay-TV services.

The pirates used the card-sharing model whereby one of them legally subscribed to a pay-TV platform, then gave illegal access to many others to content through his subscription. The users sold the compromised STBs for between €130 and €150 allowing users to view content, including all football matches from La Liga.

The seven arrested, who advertised their illegal operations online, earned around €4,000 a month. The police operation started following a claim from La Liga warning of the existence of the pirate network.

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