Illegal streaming warning after RAF corporal convicted of selling subscriptions

An RAF corporal has been convicted of selling illegal TV streaming subscriptions on Facebook.

The unnamed Oxfordshire-based corporal sold the pirate service via a group on the social media platform.

Paid-for TV and film services were delivered through an app that had been loaded onto dodgy Firesticks.

The offender was handed a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud and loss of service property.

He was also stripped of his rank as a corporal, ChronicleLive reports.

Following the sentence, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has warned the public that the subscribers to his illegal scam have been been "identified" – and that further action is expected.

FACT CEO Kieron Sharp said: “Those running illegal streaming services are committing a serious crime and must be held accountable for their actions.

“This result shows the serious consequences faced by individuals who choose to break the law by supplying illegal content.

"This type of conviction will have a significant and long- lasting effect on this individual’s career and future opportunities."

The case followed a probe by FACT, in partnership with the RAF Special Investigation Branch.

It found the corporal was working with illegal content providers outside of the military to allow people to watch channels such as Sky Movies for a fraction of the standard price.

Despite repeated requests, FACT refused to disclose the serving corporal's identity.

Mr Sharp added: “We thank the RAF for their work on this and FACT will continue to monitor channels used to advertise, market, sell and distribute apps, devices and streams to take action against suppliers and operators”

The warning comes just days after a report by cyber resilience firm Webroot revealed 92% of illegal streaming sites contained dangerous material, including malware, scams and explicit content.

“These illegal streaming sites are a maze of scams, malware and dangerous content," said Kelvin Murray, a senior threat researcher at Webroot

"Simply put there’s no ‘safe’ way to use them without putting yourself at risk.

He added: "It's a common misconception that you’re safe using your mobile, tablet or smart TV on these sites, but that’s simply not true. The behaviour we've seen on these sites is a big red flag."

Meanwhile, a study by Ampere Analysis last year found that more than half (51%) of sports fans watched pirate sports channels at least once a month.

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