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.