The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) together with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested an engineer and his colleagues on suspicion of selling illegal login credentials that give users access to premium content.
KECOBO said in a statement that the suspects were operating in a remote area, ten kilometers from Eldoret Town.
Authorities said the engineer and his three employees had managed to illegally give over 2,010 individuals access to streaming sites, posing a threat to copyrighted content and revenue for its owners.
“During the operation, Detectives from DCI’s Crime Research Investigation Bureau (CRIB) assisted the Copyright Inspectors to track the control room location where they found live operations going on,” the copyright agency said in a statement.
The suspects had set up an operational base in their hideout, where they facilitated illegal access to sports streaming sites, free HD and HDR series streaming sites, music streaming sites, and podcast streaming sites.
“The Copyright Inspectors also seized other contrivances which they will forward to DCI Cyber Crime Unit for examination and analysis for electronics and Banking fraud to strengthen the case,” added the board. The inspectors managed to take over the panels with over 2010 subscribers.