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  1. This is the first official report of some raids happening.

    Police Officers from North East Leeds have made two further arrests as part of an investigation into a television subscription scam known as ‘card sharing’.

    Officers from North East Leeds Proceeds of Crime Team executed two search warrants in Birmingham; one at a business premises on Soho Road in the Handsworth area and one at a residential address in West Bromwich.

    Working alongside officers from the FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) and West Midlands Police, two people were arrested from the business premises where in excess of �17,000.00 pounds in cash was seized under legislation from the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    A 32-year-old man, originally from Kurdistan, was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and money laundering. His partner, a 31-year-old woman from Latvia, was also arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

    Both have been released on bail to appear at a police station in Leeds later this year.

    This latest police activity follows two arrests for ‘card sharing offences’ during a series of raids across Leeds in May where officers from North East Leeds seized a variety of computer equipment including six laptops, two hard drives, and a computer server.

    A man and woman, both aged 35, were arrested in relation to fraud and copyright offences and remain on police bail at the present time.

    The latest arrests form part of an ongoing investigation into so called ‘card sharing’ technology. This occurs when an individual illegally shares access to their subscription TV package through the use of broadband internet technology and charges ‘customers’ a nominal fee which is lower than a standard pay TV package.
    From the West Yorkshire Police website

  2. According to recent reports, Sky Deutschland has been trying to overcome piracy with a new attach on cardsharing networks.

    The forums are overflowing on the news but there is no support or real information about what is happening.

    The attack consisted of ECM generate random sequences of “Challenge” between card and decoder.

    This follows Sky Italia and Sky UK continuing their push to reduce the availability of their subscription channels cardsharing – where you do not need an offical Sky viewing card.

  3. Police in Lublin Poland report that in June, various polica departments made arrests in relation to people who were setting up and operating cardsharing networks. Experts in the firm Research Lege Artis, gave the final blow to a well-structured network and handed out prison sentences of over three years in jail for CardSharing. The people arrested are offering complete packages of channels and act as Server, delivering a file via the internet to allow customers access to Pay tV chanels for a fractoipn of the officail price.

    Police followed a trail of two addresses in Lublin, where they located a server and the developer of it, a boy about 26 years of age. Among the “curiosities” are data from two “users” in Zimbabwe were two customers that they received signals to view Pay TV channels fraudulently. This information brought to light how the police are intervening and are trying to dismantle cardsharing networks.

  4. More on this story…

    Spanish police break up massive internet pirate TV scam – 27 arrests have been made so far

    Spanish National Police have broken up an international network which was selling pirated television signals. 27 people have been arrested in total, and there are as many as 77 implicated in the scam which had 57 interconnected servers in several EU countries.

    25 of the servers were in Spain, in Córdoba, Jaén, Sevilla, Cádiz, Almería, Barcelona, Alicante, Murcia, Gran Canaria, Guipúzcoa, Mallorca, Madrid and Orense. Each server could send the signals to as many as 150 users, who were charged 15 € a month.

    The Europol police operation remains open and more arrests have not been ruled out. A statement from the Spanish National Police said that the gang used a cutting edge pioneering system to offer pay TV channels over the internet, using a system known as ‘cardsharing’ to redistribute the signal obtained from a single legitimate subscriber.

    The gang carried out its business using private internet forums and chat rooms.

    The investigation was carried out by the BIT, Technological Investigation Brigade of the Spanish National Police, who have recovered 62 decoders, ten computers, 15 hard disks, four pen drives, three routers. 34 cards and five card readers.
    Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_26769.shtml#ixzz0uElp7AyU

  5. And theres more

    Todays technology has advanced so much that it is possible to weave a huge spider web on the Internet with Internet servers that act as channels and premium content to its hundreds or thousands of customers all interconnected one another through the Internet, and all in return for a monthly subscription of 15 € for the connection. At the end of the day, and as the English word “card sharing” implies the users are able to share access keys and ahve access to pay TV channels that are encrypted.

    A police operation has finally, and after much difficulty, managed to dismantle a large group of fraudsters (called “The Server Team”). About 100 people have been arrested or charged with providing these cardsaharing service.

    Among those arrested in Spain are twenty-five administrators of a network of local servers that were interconnected and that, in turn, were interconnected at least another thirty-two servers in other countries.

    The police operation managed to record several addresses, and found equipment used in the activityinlcuding computers, card readers (cams), decoders, television platforms cards and bank income receipts and customer lists.

    Sogecable, a Spanish TV company, have worked hand in hand with the investigation and located a surfer who belonged to the pool which led to their complaints, which the police used to pull the thread to unravel the tangle of servers and clients involved in the allegations .

    The group was constantly in contact with the rest of the group responsible, both in Spain and the rest of the world through instant messaging. The group was acting with great discipline and discretion, sharing the purchase of paid content, mainly movies and sports events. In this way, each of them contributed to the network content acquired “legally”, later to redistribute to their customers.

    Under questioning, they have said that the server computers accessed, by their remote control, both the computer and the decoder at the clients house, in order to install the programs to connect to the cardsharing network.
    This group had been operating for over a year, and total fraud carried out by the same could be evaluated at several million euros.

    Further investiagations are continuing.

  6. Judges investigating six neighboring communities pay-TV hacking
    Six people and communities are engaged in legal proceedings for pirating signal of Spains satellite TV satellite service Digital Plus.

    They set up decoders in places like in garages or storage rooms so that all residents have access to paid content. This means that one a small number of suscription cads, many channels can be viewed at once ithin the community. The decoders are also connected to card sharing networks.

    The residents involved, who have access to 600 digital television channels, could be accused of committing a crime against intellectual property or theft of telecommunications.

    If convicted, the residents of the buildings will face prison sentences ranging from six months to two years and to pay severance payments, which are set according to the time they have used pirated signal.

  7. Police smashed their way through a brick wall to get at the evidence in an operation against TV subscription cheats.
    Two people were arrested by police and staff from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) on Thursday after they swooped on an electrical store on Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds.

    They also raided a private home on St Wilfrid’s Drive, Gipton.

    During the raid on the shop, police removed a door to find it had been bricked up, so they hammered their way through the blockwork.

    Police seized £1,500 in cash as well as six laptop computers, a server, two hard drives and a number of computer modems and satellite boxes.
    A man and a woman, both 35, were arrested on suspicion of fraud and copyright offences.

    Police were probing the practice of card sharing, where a person with a valid satellite TV subscription uses internet technology to allow others to watch the service illegally.

    Satellite TV providers estimate the cost of each illegal viewer is between £20 and £60 a month.

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