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Professional hacker warns fans about the dangers of illegal football streaming

A professional hacker has warned fans about the dangers of illegal football streaming. The Premier League has looked to crack down on illegal streaming in 2024, particularly Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services.

Premier League crack down on IPTV services

IPTV services have become a way in which fans can stream football matches and channels for free that would usually cost a subscription fee. Recently, the Premier League prosecuted a man based in Vietnam who was behind the illegal IPTV service BestBuy IPTV. He was charging customers in the USA, UK, and Europe £56 a year for a variety of live television channels and films.

It is worth noting that The Fraud Act 2006 says that it is illegal “to watch TV or streaming services without paying the required fee”. A man from Sutton Coldfield was also convicted early in 2024, as a result of copyright crimes between 2017 and 2021.

Hacker warns fans about the dangers of illegal football streaming

Speaking to the LADbible, Jenny Radcliffe said: “The perception that illegal streaming is a victimless crime is completely inaccurate.”

“The sites that host these services are loaded with malicious links, back doors and tricks to access people’s digital and financial information, giving professional criminals an open invitation to steal from anyone who engages in these activities.

“Whether it's multiple charges to credit cards, installing malware on devices, accessing bank accounts, or stealing personal information such as emails, messages, contacts, photographs, documents and browsing history, engaging in illegal streaming makes you a prime target for professional fraudsters.

“And what is worse, because these activities are illegal, victims may have little or no recourse for recovering their losses and may even face criminal charges themselves.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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