Europol, in cooperation with the Bulgarian police cyber crime unit, has successfully cracked down on a wide network of illegal IPTV service distributors. The raids took place in Sofia and varna, where police entered 17 homes. This has led to the seizure of a large number of documents, digital data and hardware, all of which will be used as evidence to prove the crimes of those arrested. According to investigators’ initial statements, six companies were involved in the scheme.
The Bulgarian general directorate against organized crime has initiated six pre-trial procedures, one for each company. The leading company in the scheme has been fined 650,000 euros. It was clear from the confiscated data that at least 30,000 users of the pirated best IPTV service were illegally receiving broadcast signals.
The network was discovered after europol deployed two expert investigators in the country. They managed to gather information about the activities of the IPTV service and cross-checked it with europol’s central intelligence database.