Cairo: beIN MEDIA GROUP (beIN), the global sports and entertainment broadcaster, and the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (“ACE”), the leading global coalition dedicated to fighting digital piracy, have confirmed today the successful closure of nine additional illegal hacking operations by Egyptian law enforcement.
Sixteen Egyptian policemen were involved in the raids and were supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. These raids resulted in the arrest of the two operators and the seizure of domains, assets and computer equipment.
This action builds on the collective efforts of beIN and ACE in the region to combat the illegal theft of content and intellectual property. In June, the two groups praised local law enforcement for steps taken to shut down 18 more hacking operations, bringing the total number of illegal sites closed to 27.
The nine sites closed during this recent action are:
• yalla-shoot.today: Active since December 2018, it was one of the most popular live football streaming sites in the Arabic-speaking world, with a total of 125 million visits over the past two years and a just over 5 million monthly visits. over this period.
• yalla-shoot-kora.com: Active since July 2018, this was a popular live football streaming website in the region. It has averaged just over half a million visits per month and a total of 14.5 million visits over the past two years.
• yalla-shoot-arabia.com: Active since March 2020, this was another popular live football streaming website in the Arabic speaking world. The site recorded a total of 7.3 million visits, an average of 290,000 monthly visits over the past two years.
• yalla-shoot-arabia.net: Active since March 2021, it was one of the most popular live football streaming sites in the region, with a total of 7.511 million visits over the last two years and nearly 600,000 monthly visits over this period.
• hdkoora.com: Active since early 2018, hdkoora.com, a popular live football streaming website in the region, has averaged nearly 600,000 monthly visits and a total of 11.6 million visitors over the past of the last three years.
• kooora4k.com: active since March 2021, this was a live football streaming website, with a total of 5,000 visits over the past two years.
• korawatch.com, kooralive-online.com and alqnassport.com: active since March 2021, korawatch.com and kooralive-online.com were live football streaming websites.
All sites reached users in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, as well as in the United States. They have attracted nearly 166 million visitors over the past two years, across live sports and entertainment programming, providing consumers with a common path to illegally view content since 2019.
“ACE and beIN are grateful to the Egyptian Minister of Interior, the Deputy Minister of Specialized Police and the Director of the General Administration of Works and Intellectual Property Rights for their partnership and commitment to carry out this action and to recognize and prioritize intellectual property theft as a serious crime. We look forward to continuing to work together as we pursue this case,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Protection Officer of content for the Motion Picture Association and head of ACE.
“ACE and beIN take an extremely active approach to combating piracy, customizing our actions to more effectively combat various methods of piracy – in Egypt, across the region and globally,” added van Voorn. “This is just the beginning of the work we will do together to bring these illegal operations to justice.”
A beIN spokesperson added: “It is extremely encouraging to see the continuation of the anti-piracy operations undertaken by our Egyptian colleagues. It’s another victory for sports fans, players and clubs of all levels across the sports ecosystem. beIN is committed to supporting the fight against broadcast piracy across the region to protect leagues and other broadcasters. We are delighted to see our partnership with ACE grow, with great benefit to be gained from this shutdown for all stakeholders in the world of sport. »
beIN joined ACE in April 2022 and through this partnership has already delivered strong results to the global anti-piracy coalition. In June, ACE and beIN jointly supported the takedown of 18 other sites, all major illegal live sports operators based in Cairo: