Man Arrested for Selling Hacked Kodi Builds

By Gary Cutlack on at

A 32-year-old man has been arrested for supplying hacked media boxes to UK viewers, with his Ooberstick creation landing him in quite the amount of trouble with broadcasters and the law.

The supplier advertised his stick widely, which might be why he's in a detention centre somewhere being asked questions about his internet history. The ad claimed: "You have sport which not only has all sky sports channels and BT Sport. You can watch every single Premier League match. It has thousands of movies and tv shows. All in HD quality. It really is a fantastic piece of kit."

Although many buyers wouldn't agree. Those who paid between £100 and £150 for a unit and actually did receive it found it didn't have access to everything promised, leading to calls for refunds and quite the nightmare for the seller -- and that's before the police turned up.

Piracy news resource TorrentFreak spoke to the man behind the scheme, who seems mostly unrepentant. He said: "I was running a successful business which was both VAT registered in the UK and with Worldpay as my payment merchant. For me to get both of those, those parties have to be sure that what I was doing was legal. I certainly thought what I was doing was legal. Streaming for the end user is legal as nothing is being downloaded. I do believe the EU court of law ruled on that."

Norfolk police are looking at conspiracy to defraud and money laundering charges, because his piracy thing didn't work as advertised. [EDP24 via TorrentFreak]


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