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    Arrow Starview team jailed over card sharing


    Four men have been jailed in Derby for stealing Virgin premium channels and providing them to consumers under the name Starview.

    Using legitimate Virgin Media boxes and subscriptions, they were then able to stream the content to online servers, where those who bought modified set-top boxes could access it.

    Paul Hartrick, Melvin Howard, Anthony Ginnivan and Amber Ahmed, were imprisoned for a total of eleven years. A fifth man, Jeong Woo You, fled back to Korea after being granted bail following his initial arrest.

    Police estimate that the men were able to gain around Ł100,000 through running Starview, with Virgin Media estimating the equivalence in lost subscriptions at Ł32 million.

    Detective Constable Adam Govan, investigating officer in the case, said: “This was a sophisticated fraud, taking place on an international scale.

    “The jailing of these four men sends out a message that people who involve themselves in this kind of crime can be tracked down and will be brought to justice.

    “This may be seen as a faceless crime but in the end it is Virgin Media customers who lose out because the company has to raise prices to make up for its losses.”

    Virgin Media were able to sign up to the service and track it down to where it was being run from a home in Littleover.

    Ironically, despite the jailing of the men behind the Starview fraud, the set-top box manufacturer, Irumtek, based in Korea, is believed to have made the most money from the operation.

    While Paul Hartrick pleaded that he had only sold 1,500 of the boxes, police believe at least 12,000 modified boxes were sold.

    The Starview operation ran between February 2010 to February 2011.

    The surprise, really, is that the men didn’t think they would get caught.

    In the meantime, Virgin Media have been provided with a full list of Starview customers to consider making individual prosecutions.

    http://www.techwatch.co.uk/2012/02/2...-card-sharing/

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    old new's

    But to correct the info paul hartrick was the owner of wizard satellite uk

    bit heavy sentence 5 yrs

    lol

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    guess they have to be happy that this happened in the UK, if in america, they would face a real collateral damage for the rest of their lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cogil View Post
    Four men have been jailed in Derby for stealing Virgin premium channels and providing them to consumers under the name Starview.

    Using legitimate Virgin Media boxes and subscriptions, they were then able to stream the content to online servers, where those who bought modified set-top boxes could access it.

    Paul Hartrick, Melvin Howard, Anthony Ginnivan and Amber Ahmed, were imprisoned for a total of eleven years. A fifth man, Jeong Woo You, fled back to Korea after being granted bail following his initial arrest.

    Police estimate that the men were able to gain around Ł100,000 through running Starview, with Virgin Media estimating the equivalence in lost subscriptions at Ł32 million.

    Detective Constable Adam Govan, investigating officer in the case, said: “This was a sophisticated fraud, taking place on an international scale.

    “The jailing of these four men sends out a message that people who involve themselves in this kind of crime can be tracked down and will be brought to justice.

    “This may be seen as a faceless crime but in the end it is Virgin Media customers who lose out because the company has to raise prices to make up for its losses.”

    Virgin Media were able to sign up to the service and track it down to where it was being run from a home in Littleover.

    Ironically, despite the jailing of the men behind the Starview fraud, the set-top box manufacturer, Irumtek, based in Korea, is believed to have made the most money from the operation.

    While Paul Hartrick pleaded that he had only sold 1,500 of the boxes, police believe at least 12,000 modified boxes were sold.

    The Starview operation ran between February 2010 to February 2011.

    The surprise, really, is that the men didn’t think they would get caught.

    In the meantime, Virgin Media have been provided with a full list of Starview customers to consider making individual prosecutions.

    http://www.techwatch.co.uk/2012/02/2...-card-sharing/
    I wonder how many policemen and judges etc bought modified boxes
    JOE SOAP

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    you say 5 years is a bit hard
    lets face it theft is theft no matter how much it is
    there is a woman who lives across the road from me
    was going on about her old man being a tea leaf
    i asked her what would she do if she found a fiver on the road
    she replied put it in my pocket well I'm sorry but that makes you a tea leaf as well
    no it don't she said yes it does thieving by finding if you keep it its still steeling she ain't called her old man since
    ABA

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    not only in in Britain
    also here in Thailand last week 4 People are Arestet for selling Openbox with True Server but maby only 2 years Jail
    ok the Question its wat its better 2 years here ore 5 years in Britain lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daeng View Post
    not only in in Britain
    also here in Thailand last week 4 People are Arestet for selling Openbox with True Server but maby only 2 years Jail
    ok the Question its wat its better 2 years here ore 5 years in Britain lol
    It is a hard sentence esp for uk

    You can kill someone in uk and get less sentence read the sun uk many do real bad crimes and get much much less sentence / this is only carsharing and so so many dealers are doing it so why only arrest 1 dealer what about the other 2'000 dealers in uk lol ? Oh they only want 1 as a example ? but nothing will change .

    As for Thailand hahaha do a google search i think every province has a cs dealer lol
    only 4 must have pissed someone off in the chain lol

    funny world we live in but life still goes on

 

 

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