Kuwait smashes illegal cable network

Discovery and arrests followed a six-month probe by police, following complaint from OSN
Illegal hardware seized by Kuwaiti authorities.
Illegal hardware seized by Kuwaiti authorities.

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Kuwaiti law enforcement authorities have smashed a multi-million dollar illegal cable network. Kuwaiti police officers arrested three men and seized equipment during raids in a residential area of Salmiya, where the men had been operating a sophisticated illegal cable network.

The action followed a six-month probe by the police, spurred by a complaint that OSN’s dedicated content protection team filed with the Kuwait Ministry of Interior, CID and Ministry of Communications.

Detectives found dozens of illegal Dish TV India satellite set-top-boxes as well as pirated OSN hardware that was being used to illegally distribute content to 10,000 subscribers over a 15 kilometre area.

Sophie Moloney, chief legal officer, OSN, said: “I congratulate the Kuwaiti authorities for this successful operation against content piracy. We are very grateful they have put a stop to this huge illegal cable network that was costing us millions of dollars in lost revenue.”

Kuwait CID estimate those operating the illegal network were earning about 70,000 Kuwaiti Dinar (US$235,000) per month from their illegal services.

The arrested men now face charges of money laundering and misuse of Kuwait’s telecommunications infrastructure.

 

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