Pirate IPTV is a scourge that continues to plague Europe and the World, especially since a large part of the population found themselves confined and looking for entertainment solutions, something that would increase the race for IPTV lists across the globe.
In view of the new advent of streaming illegal use of paid channels, films and online series, among other content, these companies operating on the black market would also become tempting targets for hackers, or hackers.
The identity of Pirate IPTV users may be at risk!
As the TorrentFreak, this conjuncture has led the pirate IPTV distribution platforms, small but very profitable clandestine companies, to become a target on hackers’ radar.
Seeking a quick profit, a hacker has put two Pirate IPTV services under threat. Either make a payment in Bitcoin, in the order of $ 94,000, or about 77,000 euros, or user data will be forwarded to the UK police.
There is also the threat of exposure of various personal data and banking information of subscribers to these platforms. The threat remains, with no sign of payment from the pirated IPTV distribution companies.
Who can those responsible for IPTV platforms turn to?
Under normal circumstances, in the regulated market, such a threat of extortion would be a basis for immediately deploying security forces. However, since this distribution of IPTV lists in itself is illegal, those responsible have no one to turn to.
At stake is a black market, as such, they cannot enjoy the protection of the security forces, thus being subject to attacks as the most recent extortion case. We recall that this is not the first instance in which this takes place.
On the contrary, the trend is growing. The distribution “business” is very profitable, something that does not go unnoticed by the miscreants.
The most recent case takes place in the UK
According to the aforementioned source, the most recent extortion case took place in the United Kingdom. It involves the SapphireSecure.net platforms and KS-Hosting.com, with subscribers spread across Europe.
According to the evidence, the same hacker will threaten both pirated IPTV networks. According to the findings, the networks will have the same administrator, something that helped the hacker to access both IPTV platforms.
After gaining access to the networks, the hacker will have temporarily disabled the services of both, an alert so that the responsible person had no doubts about the veracity of the threat. Soon after, similar messages began to appear on the web domains, the Internet pages of each of these networks.
The signs were clear, both platforms were compromised, with the hacker controlling its operation.
Hacker requires 2 Bitcoin as rescue of IPTV platforms
So far, the person responsible for the platforms has not paid the ransom, as indicated in the list above. Note that this amount – 2 Bitcoin – will be roughly equivalent to the revenues obtained by companies in less than two weeks. The distribution of pirated IPTV is particularly profitable.
Alternatively, the hacker puts on the table an option that does not involve extortion. The person responsible for the platforms will have to disable and dismantle both services, without the slightest chance of putting them back online. In addition, you will have to return the pending amounts to subscribers and disable social networks and online presence of the services you manage.
The conditions appear to be somewhat contradictory. If, on the one hand, it is suggested that users be compensated in the form of repaying money, on the other hand a threat is made to those users.
The user is the most vulnerable part
If the network manager does not pay the ransom, or do not disable services, security forces will receive personal data from subscribers. In addition, the bank details of who used these pirated IPTV services will also be exposed.
In summary, the present case serves to illustrate the dangers of pirated IPTV. It is a clandestine service, without consumer protection mechanisms and, often, putting consumers at risk.
Its appeal lies in the low prices charged by those who manage these activities.
Piracy is a crime of usurpation according to the provisions of article 195 of the Code of Copyright and Related Rights.
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