Europol and Dutch authorities have taken down one of the largest illegal IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services catering to over one million users throughout Europe.
Amsterdam, May 24, 2023 – In a significant blow to the world of illegal streaming, Europol has joined forces with the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) to dismantle a vast illegal IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) service catering to over one million users throughout Europe.
On May 23rd, 2023, Eoropol revealed in a press release that a series of meticulously planned raids were executed across the Netherlands as part of a sweeping crackdown on illicit streaming operations. FIOD officers conducted thorough searches at multiple locations across the country, unearthing evidence that could potentially bring down this illegal enterprise.
The operation resulted in the apprehension of several individuals suspected of playing a pivotal role in facilitating the unlawful streaming of premium content. These individuals are believed to have enabled subscribers to gain access to an extensive array of over 10,000 live TV channels, accompanied by an extensive library boasting 15,000 films and TV shows.
Europol, through its European Financial and Economic Crime Centre, provided analytical support to the investigation, aiding in the identification of key targets and their illicit activities across Europe.
According to local Dutch media, FIOD also raided a data center (Globe data center) in Den Helder City for allegedly providing services to the now-seized IPTV infrastructure. A look at the Globe data center’s website shows that it has been offline and unreachable since yesterday.
Illegal streaming has become a rampant issue in recent years, plaguing the entertainment industry and causing significant financial losses. These criminal networks not only undermine legitimate businesses but also deprive content creators and copyright holders of their rightful earnings.
Europol’s ongoing commitment to combating this form of organized crime highlights the need for international cooperation and coordinated efforts to address the complex challenges posed by illicit IPTV services. By dismantling this major network, Europol and the FIOD have struck a resounding blow against those profiting from piracy and protecting the interests of lawful content providers.
As investigations continue, authorities are confident that this operation will send a strong message to criminals involved in illegal streaming activities across Europe. The collaboration between Europol and national law enforcement agencies serves as a clear warning that the battle against illegal IPTV services is intensifying, leaving no safe haven for those seeking to exploit the entertainment industry.