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IPTV: a huge pirate network closed in the middle of Euro 2024

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In the middle of Euro 2024, 1.3 million Italians who had access to illegal IPTV saw their broadcast cut off according to a press release from the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), the body responsible of law enforcement and reporting to the transalpine Ministry of Economy and Finance.

A shock in the middle of Euro football

In a press release, the authorities praise their operation: “Soldiers of the provincial command of the Guardia di Finanza of Milan, coordinated by the local prosecutor's office, carried out an important investigation to combat the phenomenon of audiovisual piracy, called IPTV”.

They add that these operations made it possible to carry out 14 searches “local and computer”in several regions of the country and abroad. The latter targeted 13 suspects.

The GDF accuses them of “managing illegal distribution networks of the main television schedules protected by copyright, to illegally decrypt and redistribute the content of the world's largest television players via unauthorized IPTV platforms, thereby causing significant economic harm to legitimate broadcasters”< /em>.

According to estimates from the specialized site TorrentFreak, if the figure of 1.3 million people impacted is correct, that would mean almost half of the country's IPTV users are impacted.

Our colleagues rightly express doubts on this subject, especially since they have not spotted huge reactions online on this subject. Google searches related to IPTV have not increased enormously either, which is surprising in a country where football is a real religion. There is no doubt, if the news is confirmed, that we should learn more in the days to come.

UEFA going all out against piracy

In any case, the repression is intensifying at the moment. As we told you about recently, UEFA has put in place systems to detect and block pirate streams in a few minutes.

It is also very proactive regarding -to search engines like Google. We can also see that thousands of links to pirate sites have already been dereferenced. To find out more, we invite you to reread our dedicated article here.

What you need to remember:

  • Italian police claim to have carried out a major raid against a IPTV network
  • 1.3 million subscribers would have found themselves without signal overnight in the middle of Euro football
  • Repression is intensifying around the world against these illegal platforms

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116