Brazil: Operation 404 shuts down hundreds of pirate sites & apps

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Judicial police in 12 states in Brazil served 30 search-and-seizure warrants as part of Operation 404, a nation-wide initiative against digital piracy conducted by Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

In all, the operation blocked or suspended 210 Web sites and 100 applications that streamed content illegally.  One of them was a ‘wholesaler’ that supplied content to other pirates.  In addition, arrests were made in six states, including three in São Paulo.

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In addition to those located in Brazil, servers were also located in Canada, France, Germany and the United States, prompting the support of international law enforcement organizations.

Image source: Ministry of Justice and Public Safety (Brazil)

“The Cyber ​​Crime Laboratory (Cyber-Lab / MJSP) will continue to contact the judicial police implementing actions arising from these investigations and establishing procedural standards,” said MJSP Executive Secretary Luiz Pontel, of Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Safety.

Further reading

Operation against digital piracy searches in 12 states, Globo, November 1, 2019 (auto-translated from Portuguese by Google Translate)

Police arrest 8 suspects in operation to combat digital piracy. Globo. November 1, 2019. (auto-translated from Portuguese by Google Translate)

Why it’s important

As with other recent anti-piracy operations, this one was coordinated with the government agencies of several countries (including the US, France and Canada) and with Internet search engine and social network providers.

Brazil’s National Cinema Agency says that Brazil ranks fourth worldwide for accessing pirate sites

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