Worse still, the risks of online fraud, identity theft, malware infecting your PC, or explicit content might not even be the worst consequence. Streaming copyrighted content for free without permission from the rights holders – such as watching Sky Sports Box Office via illegal streams also comes with the risk of prosecution.
Last week, three people were arrested and a major illegal streaming network was dismantled following an operation with West Midlands Police. The operation, which was months in the planning, shut down the network, disabled the illegal streams and delivered an on-screen message to those who received the streams warning them that their access to the content was unlawful. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of copyright infringement, fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.