Police raids across Europe have broken up a sophisticated pirate IPTV operation that illegally resold online channels. Five individuals have been arrested and a number of servers shut down following the raids in Spain, Denmark and the UK.
The IPTV services run by the gang offered customers over 800 channels including sports, movies and adult content. Prices for access started at €40 (£35) per month and could go as high as €460, said Spanish police who led the operation. Services were offered in 30 countries with servers located in Spain, Denmark, the UK, Latvia, Holland and Cyprus. In total 66 servers have been shut down as a result of the raids.
It is estimated the group could have earned around €8 million from the operation.
Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said the raids were its “biggest hit” yet against pirated IPTV services.
The raids come as three British men were jailed for pirating footage of Premier League football matches.