12 November 2003
Victorian Subscription TV Pirates Busted
The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) said today that the industry
is continuing its resolve to stamp out signal piracy by working with Police to investigate and
prosecute people who are involved in the manufacture and sale of pirate smart cards.
Police have arrested two men as a result of co-ordinated investigations with the FOXTEL Fraud &
Operational Security Unit, targeting the manufacture, sale and fraudulent use of unauthorized
pirate smart cards, which allow illegal access to FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscription television
The men arrested include antennae and satellite television technicians, alleged to be involved in
large-scale subscription television piracy and fraud in Victoria.
In a two-day operation commencing on Monday 10 November 2003 a 37 year-old man from
Edithvale and a 46 year-old man from Morwell were arrested by Police at Mulgrave.
Police seized exhibits including pirate smart cards, business records and computer hardware
allegedly used to manufacture pirate smart cards . The men were interviewed by Police and will be
summonsed to appear on fraud and piracy related offences.
Debra Richards, ASTRA’s Executive Director, representing AUSTAR, FOXTEL and OPTUS, said
“These arrests are the result of the subscription television industry’s intensified efforts across
Australia to crack-down on piracy of our television service. Piracy is a crime. People should not be
conned into becoming involved in piracy activity. If in any doubt, or if pirate activity is suspected,
you are urged to report it to us through our special piracy hotline on 1800 428 888.”
ASTRA Piracy Hotline: 1800 428 888
A hotline has been established by ASTRA to enable suspected piracy activity to be reported
For further information please contact
ASTRA 02 9200 1486; mobile 0418236174