German court sentences Sky card sharing operator to prison

Jörn Krieger | 08-01-2014

The district court of German town Stolzenau has pronounced a verdict in a criminal case against a 51-year-old man who was charging third parties for subscription channels illegally obtained from pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland.

Services were provided through card sharing, according to a statement by anti-piracy organisation AAPA. The defendant was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment without parole for commercial computer fraud carried out in partnership with others. The ruling has been appealed.

Experts at Sky Deutschland and encryption provider Nagra jointly tracked this case for a few years. On the basis of their findings, the central office for combating information and communication technology crime of the public prosecutor's office commenced proceedings that led to the identification and prosecution of the perpetrator.

"This case shows that persistence and tenacity pay off and also demonstrates the benefits of collaboration amongst AAPA members," said Sheila Cassells, executive director of AAPA. "Very importantly, the case has confirmed that card sharing is a computer fraud and associated investigation techniques should be applied."