Police Confirm FBI-Assisted Takedown of Piracy Release Group EVO
Portugal’s Polícia Judiciária and cybercrime unit UNC3T have confirmed responsibility for the arrest of the alleged leader of piracy release group EVO. The enforcement action followed a months-long investigation triggered by a complaint from Amazon, Disney, Netflix and other key movie industry players. The FBI assisted by taking down the group’s US-based servers.
EVO, short for EVOLUTiON, was a high-profile P2P group whose activities stood out in recent years.
The group released a steady stream of new movie and TV show titles and gained pirates’ admiration by leaking many screeners way ahead of their official premieres.
For several years in a row, EVO opened the “screener season” by releasing leaked copies of upcoming films. This included Oscar contenders, but also several Netflix titles that originated from festival screenings.
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