May 162017
 

More Sky channels closed on Cardshare systems today

As expected (it seems to happen on a Tuesday!), two more frequencies carrying Sky Pay channels, have had their encryption changed, meaning that channels on these two frequencies are NO LONGER available on card share systems.

We have reported on other frequencies being shut down on card share systems in previous weeks, ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/2017/03/29/sky-uk-cardsharing-coming-end-channels-now-unavailable/ and https://www.satandpcguy.com/2017/04/25/two-frequencies-closed-sky-cardshare-networks/ )
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Jan 152017
 

Sky Card Share Operator in UK Court

A landscape gardener who earned more than £120,000 via a Sky TV scam might have cost the broadcast giant a whopping £4.8million.

In what’s known as an illegal code-sharing scheme, Gavin Gray obtained decryption details for the network which allowed non-subscribers to view premium channels such as Sky Sports and Sky Movies .

The codes were given to him on the basis he would only use them in his home for personal use.

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Oct 082015
 

An international network illegally distributing TV signals via satellite has been caught and shut down in an operation involving police in Brazil and Portugal.

The Judicial Police and the Brazilian authorities say they have dismantled the international criminal organisation that was dedicated to the unlawful distribution of satellite TV signals through ‘card-sharing*.’
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Mar 022015
 

The story of another conviction for a card sharer appeared today in the Daily Mail.

 

A computer expert tampered with Sky TV boxes to sell pirated packages through eBay, costing the company almost £250,000.

Aron Lees, of Urmston near Manchester, used his coding expertise to hack into boxes and make one account work again and again in a technique called ‘card sharing’ so he could sell cut prices boxes to customers for £110 a time.

He listed the items on his brother Sean’s eBay account and sold more than 300 boxes in less than a year, netting almost £30,000.

The fraud was uncovered after BSkyB investigators posed as a customer to buy a fake box and then tracked down Lees’ IP address from his computer.

Sky calculated that they would have charged around £700 for each box with subscription for a year – meaning they lost around £590 on each eBay sale. Over 338 transactions were completed between March and December 2013, with a total of £28,176 deposited into qualified mechanic Sean Lees’ bank account.

The company received no money from the sale of the boxes, and would have lost around £236,000 over the course of the fraud.

Aron Lees, who made around £3,000 a month from the enterprise, admitted hacking into the boxes and selling them online, contravening the copyright and patents act.

Sentencing him to a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, Judge Timothy Mort said he had used his university education in a ‘good way and bad way.’

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the frauds took place between March 2013 and December 2013 when police raided Aron Lees’ home.

Jennifer Birch, prosecuting, told Minshull Street Crown Court: ‘From March 2013 an eBay username under slees2012 had made 338 transactions through the sale of decoder boxes, a user name registered to Sean Lees’ home address.

‘In August 2013 BskyB became aware that the username slees2012 was selling satellite equipment that gave access to Sky premium packages without subscription – known as card sharing.

‘This is when a legitimate Sky user has the encryption key stolen which is then shared with decoder boxes over the internet which are then added to the network.’

On December 4 2013, police raided Aron Lees’ home and found dozens of decoder boxes. He admitted the fraud and his computers were seized, which even showed emails between him and customers when they complained that their boxes were malfunctioning.

Ms Birch added: ‘This was a fully-functioning business. Aron Lees was interviewed and made full admissions, he accepted buying the boxes, programming them and selling them on eBay using his brother’s account. He denied he would be charging customers for a renewal as they were sold on the basis of a 12-month package.’

Aron Lees, 29, admitted offering unauthorised decoders for sale contrary to the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Aron Lees used the eBay account belonging to his younger brother Sean to list the hacked Sky boxes and sold more than 300 in less than a year, making around £3,000 a month from the sophisticated fraud

A separate hearing will take place to determine how much money he must pay back from his criminal enterprise.

 

source: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2975401/Computer-expert-cost-Sky-TV-30-000-selling-hundreds-hacked-decoder-boxes-brother-s-eBay-account.html

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Oct 082014
 

Cardsharing is an method of sharing one subscription to multiple satellite receivers via the internet.

As pay TV companies increase their subscriptions, these systems have become more and more popular.

Cardsharing on the Costa Blanca and Spain is rife, with many installers and well known distributors offering these systems – usually without informing the clients about the pitfalls of these systems.

Earlier this year, card sharing systems lost the Sky Italia HD channels due to new encryption and security.

This was then moved to Sky UK, and the Sky HD channels were lost to the card sharing system. But installers still offered these systems, with some still advertising “Full Sky HD” on these system, when clearly all the Sky HD channels are not available.

As we reported:

https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/04/sky-hd-channels-lost-cardsharing-systems/

https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/05/sky-hd-channels-lost-cardsharing-systems-2/

https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/05/sky-one-hd-goes-cardsharing-systems/

 

It was thought that the SD Sky channels would be safe.

However, this week SD channels have started to be lost from the Sky Italia card sharing systems.

Although one or two SD Sky Italia channels are still clearing, many of them are “blocked” or “scrambled”.

The question is, how long will it be before Sky UK follow Sky Italia’s lead, and the Sky UK channels are lost on these cardsharing systems.

 

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Aug 172014
 

The Danish police in Mid and West Zealand Police searched 15 homes in search of evidence of a card-sharing ring.

The search was carried out on Wednesday, August 13, with the assistance of the National Danish Police Tech Crime Section and took primarily place in Køge municipality and a few addresses in North Zealand.

The searches were carried out at the request of STOP – Nordic Content Protection, an anti-piracy association representing among others Canal Digital and Viasat.

The police said in a statement that the mastermind is living in Køge. He was charged with violation of Penal Code § 299 b paragraph. 6 of particularly serious violations of the Law on Radio and Television Broadcasting, as he illegally distributed encryption codes to 15 recipients.

Beneficiaries risk being fined up to 20,000 kr. For violation of the Act on Radio and Television Broadcasting, as well as a claim of similar size from the pay TV operators.

In the searches, large quantities of illegal encryption equipment was seized.

“Police is looking very seriously at this kind of misuse of IT equipment to illegally gain access to pay-TV,” according to Police Commissioner Niels Kristoffersen of the Department Economic Crime in Central & West Sealand Police, “In the future there will be more actions against this kind of networks, costing TV industry millions each year in lost subscription revenue.

The maximum penalty for card sharing is up to one-and-a-half years in prison, in particularly serious cases this could rise to six years in prison.

 

 

source : broadbandtvnews.com/2014/08/15/danish-police-raid-15-homes-in-pirate-search/

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Jun 242014
 

More Sky HD channels lost on cardshare system today

Sky have removed some more of their HD channels from cardshare system today.

The most recent channels affected are:

Albi HD
Universal HD
Fox HD
TLC HD
Lifetime HD
E4 HD
ITV2 HD
ITV3 HD
ITV4 HD
Good Food HD
Animal Planet HD
Eden HD
Nickeloden HD
MTV Live HD

These join the other Sky HD channels:

Sky 1 HD
Sky living HD
Sky Atlantic HD
History HD
Crime HD
National Geographic UK HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD
Sky Premier HD
Sky Sci Fi / Horror HD
Sky Disney HD
Sky Family HD
Sky Showcase HD
Sky Drama HD
Sky Thriller HD
Sky Greats HD
Sky Select HD
Sky Sports 1 HD
Sky Sports 2 HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports F1 HD
Sky Sports News HD

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Jun 042014
 

Next batch of Sky HD channels lost on cardshare systems

Further to the last post on this subject ( ), yesterday another round of Sky HD channels are no longer available on cardsharing systems.

Sky Movies Family HD
Sky Movies Showcase HD
Sky Movies Drama HD
Sky Movies Thriller HD
Sky Movies Greats HD
Sky Movies Select HD

The current list of Sky HD channels no longer available on cardshare system is:
Sky 1 HD
Sky living HD
Sky Atlantic HD
History HD
Crime HD
National Geographic UK HD
Nat Geo Wild HD
Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD
Sky Premier HD
Sky Sci Fi / Horror HD
Sky Disney HD
Sky Family HD
Sky Showcase HD
Sky Drama HD
Sky Thriller HD
Sky Greats HD
Sky Select HD

Expect more in the coming weeks, maybe the Sky Sports HD channels are next…

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May 202014
 

Further to our last Sky cardshare post ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/05/sky-one-hd-goes-cardsharing-systems ) today more Sky HD channels were removed from card sharing systems.

Today Sky Premier HD, Sky Disney HD, and Sky SciFi / Horror HD were added to the list, as Sky improve their channel encryption and security to combat their channels appearing on cardshare systems.

And still installers on the Costa Blanca are advertising, offering and installing “the full sky hd package” for 25 euros per month.

 

The list of channels removed from card share systems currently stands at:

Sky 1 HD
Sky Premier HD
Sky Atlantic HD
Sky SciFi / Horror HD
Sky Disney HD
Sky Living HD
Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD
National Geographic UK HD
History HD
Crime HD
NAT Geo Wild HD

 

 

 

 

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May 092014
 

Further to our previous post https://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/04/sky-hd-channels-lost-cardsharing-systems/ which mentioned the first batch of Sky HD channels to be lost from cardshare systems, another batch of Sky HD channels has now been affected.

The current list of Sky HD channels no longer available on cardshare systems is:
Sky Atlantic HD
Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD
Sky Living HD
CI Crime HD
NatGeoWild HD
History HD
Nat Geo HD

These changes by Sky are in an attempt to reduce piracy of their channels via cardsharing.

If you are not using an official Sky card, Sky digibox, or paying a Sky monthly subscription, but are getting your Sky channels from the internet, using satellite receivers like the Iberosat and Ariva, then you will find the amount of channels you are receiving will be reducing over the coming weeks.

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