FBI, This Week: Partnerships Help Prevent Illicit Streaming


February 14, 2019

The FBI and the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, work together to identify content pirates and disrupt their illegal revenue streams.


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: Looking to stream a movie or download a TV show to binge-watch?

The FBI says to beware: Criminals use online technologies and devices to steal, or pirate, films and TV shows for their own monetary gain, which exposes consumers’ personally identifiable information.

Unsuspecting entertainment fans can be lured into using illicit websites, services, and apps because they appear legitimate.

Unit Chief Steven Shapiro says studies show the chances your devices become infected increase the more time you spend on illicit streaming sites.

Steven Shapiro: Going to these websites and using preloaded set top boxes expose every user to ransomware, malware, bots, and malicious pop-ups that can damage every device connected to your network.

Halpern: The FBI and the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, work together to identify content pirates and disrupt their illegal revenue streams.

MPAA’s Jan van Voorn…

Jan van Voorn: I think here in the U.S., we have a really good relationship with all the law enforcement agencies, including the FBI—always very responsive and proactive. I’m very happy with that.

Halpern: Visit iprcenter.gov to learn more. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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