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    Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

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      Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes - BBC News
      A man has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for selling illegal TV set-top boxes online.

      The boxes contained hardware which enabled users to watch Virgin Media television services without subscribing.

      Mark Brighty from Leicester was arrested following an investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) and Leicestershire Police.

      Fact said he had sold up to 300 of the devices, which he imported from China.

      Officers found the boxes, which he was selling for 40 each, alongside 600 worth of cocaine at his property earlier this year.

      Brighty pleaded guilty to two charges under the UK Fraud Act as well as possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

      "Intellectual property crime is not a victimless crime - it costs the creative industries and the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year," said Kieron Sharp, director general of Fact.

      "This case demonstrates that copyright theft is often considered by criminals to be a low risk activity with high returns and so is often used to fund other serious organised crime; in this case dealing Class A drugs."

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      Security expert Professor Alan Woodward from Surrey University said it was an "old school" approach to hacking.

      "You tend to find that those trying to do this will sell you software that can run on some other piece of hardware. Supplying the hardware means the hacker is rather easier to track down," he told the BBC.

      "However, set-top boxes are quite specialised so finding a piece of more generic hardware on which to run such software is not easy.

      "You do see specialised hardware being sold for hacking but it tends to be to enable hackers to break into networks or conduct their hacking operations rather than being a one trick pony as in this case," he added.

      "I'm quite surprised someone went to all this trouble as there are easier ways of illegally making money from hacking online."
      Comment: Whilst I am not keen on how F.A.C.T. is both funded and operates and would regard Virgin as competition to Sky, it is not good for anyone to have boxes that can decrypt content when there are others who pay the subscription fees that are required to watch Pay TV. However, with today's current prison system, he's sure to be out by this time next year with good behaviour.


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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      Back to the cat 'o' nine tails and public flogging?
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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

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      Back to the cat 'o' nine tails and public flogging?
      Shhh.... don't tell everyone

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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      Public flogging?
      Not another shopping channel!!!

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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      No, Scubbie's not interested in shopping, well she is, but only after dishing out 50 lashes with a cat o' nine tails to miscreants in public stocks outside the town hall on a Saturday morning. You never know, it could make a good program for Sky to screen.
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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      Ah I see, they sell S & M accoutrements.
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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      If you want to see miscreants in public stocks there is always "The Leftovers" series two episode five on Sky Atlantic.
      It's still available on demand.

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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      Such a shame that any rotten fruit and veg isn't recycled in this manner any more.
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      Re: Man jailed for selling illegal Virgin Media TV boxes

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      Ah I see, they sell S & M accoutrements.
      I suspect it's not the erotic connotation that's at play here....
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