5 charged with running massive movie piracy ring

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted five men who allegedly ran an international piracy ring that offered hundreds of stolen movies and TV shows online, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," ''Godzilla" and "The Walking Dead."

Wednesday's indictment alleges the men hacked computer systems used by Hollywood film production companies to steal digital files; recorded movie theater screenings and obtained copies of movies sent to industry professionals.

The ring allegedly had a server in France that contained 25,000 files including stolen movies, trailers, TV episodes and audio tracks.

The men are charged with conspiracy, computer hacking, ID theft and copyright infringement. They live in the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. None are in U.S. custody but the UK resident awaits trial on similar charges there.

Must Read

Warhol 'Mao' painting sold for $12.6 million in...

Apr 3, 2017

US-AUCTION-SOTHEBYS-WARHOL:Warhol 'Mao' painting sold for $12.6 million in Hong Kong

Property agents shut, buyers still hunt as China...

Apr 3, 2017

US-CHINA-ECONOMY-PROPERTY:Property agents shut, buyers still hunt as China plans new economic zone

United passenger's removal sparks outrage in China

Apr 11, 2017

Images of a bloodied passenger being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight drew widespread...

China seeks safe steering of bike-sharing boom to...

May 23, 2017

US-CHINA-BIKE-SHARING:China seeks safe steering of bike-sharing boom to clear cluttered streets

Strong quake strikes southwest China, 13 dead,...

Aug 9, 2017

A strong earthquake has shaken a mountainous region in southwestern China near a famous national...

Sign up now!