A federal grand jury in Los Angeles handed down indictments in connection with an alleged international piracy ring that offered stolen movies and TV shows online, the AP reports. Five men were indicted in the case, in which titles including “Fifty Shades of Grey,” ″Godzilla” and “The Walking Dead” were reportedly being offered.
“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 AP reports. “The ring allegedly had a server in France that contained 25,000 files including stolen movies, trailers, TV episodes and audio tracks.”
The report adds: “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.”