September 18, 2019Hard The Finance Guard's blow to the online television piracy business. More than 100 military personnel of the Special Unit for the Protection of Privacy and Technological Fraud are engaged in a vast operation against the most important international underground organization that conceives and is the main architect of the widespread illegal Internet broadcasting of pay-TV broadcasters, the so-called IPTV (Internet Protocol Television). The well-known Xtream Codes computer platform was seized and obscured with over 700 thousand online users blocked from viewing; 25 managers identified. Eight European investigative orders against a transnational criminal association issued by the Naples prosecutor's office and carried out simultaneously in the Netherlands, France, Greece, Germany and Bulgaria, with numerous searches in progress in Italy and abroad to dismantle the power plants of the network and attack the relevant illicit proceeds.