Police targets Pay TV piracy ring

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The Australian Federal Police have arrested two men in Victoria, after a six-month investigation into an alleged piracy syndicate.

Executing 10 search warrants in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland; they managed to find hundreds of fake Pay TV encryption cards and set-top boxed. These fake smart cards, or “gamma” cards, are used with these set-top boxes to receive and decrypt the signals from Foxtel and Austar service.

The two men, a 43 year old man from Mount Waverley and a 27 year old man from Sebastopol, have been charged with making, distributing and selling the pirated cards and now could face up to five years in jail if convicted.

Police also seized several computers and $169,000 from a Sydney house and 18 boxes filled with illegal fireworks in a raid on a Victorian home.

Police also say that there may be up to 50,000 fake Pay TV cards in use in Australia.