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UK Crime Unit Busts Man for Illegal Streaming

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  September 3, 2014

A specialized cybercrime police unit in the United Kingdom has recently arrested a 27-year-old man on "_suspicion_" of illegally operating "_sports streaming websites_, "according to a recent article published on the IT Pro Portal website. The article indicates that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), a newly deployed organization, was responsible for the arrest of the Manchester resident. According to the article, the PIPCU has been "_tasked with tackling offenses committed via an online platform_ "

The report indicates that the accused is suspected of "_operating a number of sites enabling unlawful free access to pay-TV services_ "which, according to estimates, may have contributed to a loss of approximately £10 million for the subscription service provider.  According to the report, the authorities found an "_industrial size streaming operation_" in the suspect's residence at the time of his arrest. The streaming equipment, including "_12 computer servers used for streaming high-profile global sporting events_" was confiscated by the PIPCU. The article indicates that this arrest was the "_unit's third arrest in relation to online streaming."'

Head of the PIPCU, DCI Danny Medlycott, was quoted in the article to say, "_Not only is there a significant loss to the industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system._" Medlycott's comments in the article clarify that operating websites that stream content illegally "_affects more than just the copyright holders_" but the average viewer who wishes to pay for the service.

Read more about this in the full article and learn what additional initiatives UK authorities have in play to deal with similar illegal activities conducted online by cybercriminals.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  September 3, 2014