Different US agencies, including the Department of Justice, agencies from 18 other countries, in addition to Europol and Eurojust, achieved the dismantling of The Sparks Group, a global audiovisual piracy operation that had servers in North America, Europe and Asia.
According to the Europol statement, Sparks obtained DVDs and Blu-rays that had not yet been released to the market to traffic them illegally on its online servers.
Among the methods they used to access the original is to pretend to be distributors of DVDs and Blu-rays. Team members then used their knowledge to override the security methods included in the copies obtained.
The Sparks Group has caused tens of millions of US dollars in losses to film production studios, mainly to the US movie, television, and supporting industries, from the copyright infringement., says Europol.
Sparks servers were located around the world in Canada, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. These were taken down in yesterday’s action and in the days preceding it, with the help of national authorities from these countries. Other measures were also taken in Italy, Romania and Canada. One of the members of the alleged criminal network was arrested over the weekend in Cyprus and another suspect was arrested yesterday in the US.
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