An international criminal network committing large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright, was dismantled in a multi-country action coordinated by Eurojust. The members of the group are suspected of having committed fraud, cyber-crime and money laundering.

More than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and over 150 PayPal accounts of the criminals were blocked. The damage amounts to approximately €6.5 million, jeopardising the existence of many legal providers of pay-TV on the market.

The actions taken are the result of complex investigations by prosecutors from Italy, with the support of authorities from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, France, and the Netherlands, as well as Eurojust, that set up its 100th coordination centre, since the first in 2011, to support the national authorities in disrupting the illicit activities.