European Police Authorities, Europol, and AAPA Join Forces to Shut Down Illegal Streaming Network

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A crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been shut down, following a collaborative investigation led by the Cypriot Police, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek police, the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime unit of the Bulgarian police and Europol, as well as members of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA).

The network is accused of illicitly distributing Greek, Cypriot and foreign pay TV subscriber channels. These services were allegedly offered through retailers throughout Europe and sold as a monthly illegal subscription for as little as 20 Euros.

Following coordination of the investigations of the Greek and Cypriot police authorities, raids were conducted in Cyprus, Greece, and Bulgaria during which 17 house searches took place, four suspects were arrested and servers used to provide illegal access to the channels were shut down.

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