ACE redirected more than 150 domains and subdomains linked to three dozen illegal football streaming sites back to its anti-piracy portal, effectively shutting down their streams.
According to the report, many of the domains were focused in North African and Middle Eastern markets.
This comes as government agencies, independent groups, and law enforcement around the world are in a seemingly unending battle against illegal IPTV operations. The ever-evolving nature of technology used by cybercriminals makes the pervasive problem almost impossible to fully eradicate.
The sites that ACE shut down are a prime example of this.
The targeted sites all had similar names, appearance, and functionality, making it easier for them to dodge enforcement while pulling in more traffic. For example, several of the domain names only differed by a letter or word, like livekooora.tv, livekoora.io, live-koora-online.tv, live-kooora-tv.com, and more.
The increasing demand of live sports content and the multitude of available streaming services — along with their climbing prices — further exacerbate the illegal streaming problem.
Despite the overall win, the operators of the illegal sites have yet to be apprehended, which means more websites may crop up in place of those taken down.
ACE wasn’t immediately available for comment.