The searches and arrests of the well-known release group Sparks in the past week have led to a sharp decline in the illegal supply of films and series. The reports the magazine Torrentfreak citing data from Predb.org. On Wednesday, August 19, there were 1,944 illegal new releases. A week later, a day after the initial searches, that number had dropped to 168 publications. In the areas of games and ebooks in particular, almost nothing new appeared.
Millions of people worldwide use illegal streaming and download offers. Many of the files there are provided by Release Groups. These consist of a small number of people known under the umbrella term The Scene. Since there are high prison sentences for this activity, the perpetrators act according to the torrent freak with little or no public profile.
The police proceeded internationally with searches and arrests against the well-known release group Sparks. In North America, Europe and Asia, 60 servers were shut down and several of the prime suspects were arrested.
Actions in many countries around the world
One of the members of the alleged network was arrested in Cyprus and another in the United States. Servers in Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain were seized and shut down.
The U.S. Department of Justice stated: “In coordination with law enforcement agencies in 18 countries and with the assistance of Eurojust and Europol, dozens of servers in North America, Europe and Asia controlled by the Sparks Group were taken offline. The Sparks Group used the servers to store copyrighted content and share it with members spread around the world. “
The Sparks Group, which has been investigated since 2016, circumvented the copy protection of as yet unreleased DVDs and Blu-rays and continued to distribute the films and series.