The Premier League says that it has that it has helped to shut down illegal streaming app Mobdro.
In a statement released on Thursday, the league said:
"The world’s largest infringing streaming app has ceased all operations after a major investigation and criminal referral by the Premier League and the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) resulted in law enforcement action by Spanish police and Europol.
"Mobdro illegally made available a large catalogue of live TV and video content from around the world, including sports, for use on smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and illicit streaming devices.
"The app also included dedicated sports, gaming, music, podcasts and adult channels, as well as several custom VOD channels airing TV series and movies in a 24/7 format."
Kevin Plumb, the league's Director of Legal Services, said that "Mobdro's criminal enterprise amounted to long-running and large-scale theft".
In a further statement, Europol said that its investigation started in 2018 and that the application had been downloaded by more than 100 million users.
"The investigation identified a number of connected websites and platforms located in Spain and Portugal with connections to servers in Czechia," said Europol.
"The Spanish company behind the illegal activity earned its profits through advertisements. Through the computer infrastructure and power, they were able to sell user information to a company related to botnet and DDoS attacks. Investigators estimate the overall illegal profits at more than €5 million."
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