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Italian Police have recently shut down a major IPTV Network that included numerous IPTV Services across the country.
“Operation Blackout” required over 200 specialists across 11 departments working to dismantle the operation.
According to police, individuals were obtaining streams from legal sources and then re-transmitting them for resellers to broadcast.
These streams were then made available by IPTV Providers at a reduced price.
In total, these services were making an estimated 15 million euros per month from illegal streams.
The operation led investigators to a “power station” where servers were stored for distribution of content.
Reports indicate that the operation has shut off access to around 80% of IPTV operations within Italy.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Italian police crackdown on IPTV Providers.
In 2019, a major IPTV management system (Xtream Codes) was also targeted by Italian Police which prevented over 700,000 users from accessing the platform.
Some other major IPTV shutdowns in recent memory include the following:
It is estimated that Operation Blackout shut down over 1.5 million subscriptions to various IPTV Providers across Italy and other countries.
Police have released a video of the raid that shows various hardware used to transmit IPTV streams:
It is reported that 45 people are under investigation in accordance with Operation Blackout, however, no arrests have been made yet.
There is currently no mention of subscribers to these various services being targeted but Police haven’t ruled it.
Last year, Italian Police reported 223 individuals who subscribed to IPTV Services to the judicial authorities.
They have also warned about the possibility of identifying over 50,000 IPTV users for possible criminal action.
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