Authorities in Italy have announced a huge anti-piracy operation against the IPTV service management system Xtream Codes. Searches have been carried out in a number of countries including France, Netherlands, Vulgaria and Italy.
What makes this even more unusual is that Xtream Codes isn’t an IPTV provider as such. The company Xtream-codes offers a package that allows people to manage their own IPTV reselling service and its customers.
From a recent report, the authorities have seized their systems preventing 700,000 users from accessing the platform. This begs the question does the authorities also have details of the 5,000 clients with 50,000,000 end-user clients that use the platform. Will this see authorities from around the globe knocking on their client doors and closing them down, will you get a knock on the door? who knows, scary times.
Eurojust reported saying
“A multi-country action day coordinated by Eurojust in The Hague led to the dismantling of an international criminal network committing massive fraud with pay-TV, which shows organized crime expanding its illegal activities to large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright,” the statement reads.
“The damage caused by the criminal gang amounts to approximately €6.5 million, jeopardizing the existence of many legal providers of pay-TV on the market. More than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and over 150 PayPal accounts of the criminals were blocked.”