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

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Judicial police from 12 states in Brazil have been running Operation 404 to combat internet piracy. A November 1 press release by Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Safety said that as a result, 136 websites and 100 applications had been suspended, and 30 search and seizure warrants have been issued.

“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, according to the release.

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Read the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety’s press release (translated from Portuguese)

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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