Egyptian authorities recently arrested two people on suspicion of activities related to broadcast piracy.
These arrests mark the culmination of one of the largest investigations into a large-scale smartcard sharing piracy network.
The investigation saw various players collaborate, digital content security specialist including
Members of the Egyptian Cybercrimes Unit and several other enforcement agencies raided the
The raid uncovered several electronic components, a server, 40 smartcards, several pirate decoders, smartcard readers and other related equipment typically used within a pirate smartcard sharing operation. Cash of over
All equipment confiscated during the raids will be analysed by the Egyptian Cybercrimes Unit and more arrests are forthcoming. The two suspects that were arrested have been detained in custody, pending a court appearance.
Smartcard sharing piracy poses a major threat to pay TV operators and broadcasters and occurs when a pirate steals and retransmits a regularly changing control word that is passed between a smartcard and a set-top-box (STB), allowing viewers to watch pay TV content they have not legitimately paid for.
"Together with the pay TV operators and local authorities, we will relentlessly fight these illegal operations on the African continent, using technology and the law to its fullest extent."
O'Connor added: "Piracy has negative economic consequences for all involved. Pay TV operators commit valuable resources to provide compelling content using the revenue generated through subscriptions.
"When people pirate content, less revenue is generated, and that results in lower quality programs – and in some cases even the withdrawal of content or higher subscription costs for legitimate subscribers. The Egyptian government has taken the right proactive steps to mitigate this and protect operators."
The Irdeto Anti-Piracy and Forensics (APF) Unit exists to identify and counter individuals and enterprises who wish to circumvent an operator's security measures and financially profit from pirated content. Understanding where piracy is occurring – and actively taking measures to stop it – is pivotal to successfully growing revenues and protecting the pay TV business model.
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