One of the biggest networks movie piracy in the world was dismantled, after coordinated and organized actions of the police authorities in 19 countries, including Cyprus, according to a statement issued by Europol. Two suspected members of the "Sparks" film piracy group have been arrested - one in Cyprus and the other in USA. The suspect arrested in Cyprus is "Bridi", a British citizen, who was arrested by Interpol on Sunday and is expected to be extradited to the United States. At the same time, a third suspect, who is also said to be a member of this group, is still wanted by the authorities. In particular, Europol announced on August 25, a criminal network hacker copyrighted and involved in movie piracy and illegal digital hosting, dismantled by coordinated action between US authorities and their counterparts in 18 countries around the world, with the support of Europol and Eurojust. In addition, dozens were removed servers in Europe, North America and Asia.
The Sparks Group, which is involved in film piracy, is believed to have been under investigation since September 2016, and has successfully reproduced and disseminated hundreds of films and television shows. programs before their release date, including almost every movie released by major US production studios. The Sparks Group has lost tens of millions of dollars to film studios, mainly in the US film, television and support industries, since infringement Copyright.
To get unreleased movies, Sparks members posed as DVD and Blu-Ray retailers to trick legitimate distributors into giving them movies before the release dates, while vowing not to sell the content before the release date. traffic. However, as soon as they received the products, the team members used a specialist software to remove any copyrighted protection as well as to reproduce and encode the content in high definition. The content was then leaked and streamed platforms, peer-to-peer and torrent networks from their platforms.
60 servers controlled by the Sparks Group were located in countries around the world, including the following: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Czech Republic, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea and Switzerland. These servers were confiscated and taken offline today, with the help of the police authorities of these countries. Other measures were also taken in Italy, Romania and Canada.
Europol said the successful operation was the result of this and Eurojust co-operation with the police and judicial authorities of the countries involved. In particular, Europol provided support during the investigation into the dismantling of the criminal network and facilitated the exchange of information between the police authorities involved, through the secure systemic communication SIENA.