Got ‘Em! Facebook Leads Police to Movie Pirates

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UNITED KINGDOM -- By now, it's no secret you can find just about anything on social media. If you're committing a crime,
Facebook is definitely not the place to hide out.

A couple of the U.K.'s most prolific movie pirates had to learn that the hard way. According to copyright news site, Torrent Freak, five men were behind a ring that illegally released more than 2,500 films, including blockbusters like Argo and Skyfall.

Although the undercover pirates went to great lengths to avoid being caught, even taking a brief hiatus, their downfall was Facebook. The Federation Against Copyright Theft tracked them down using their Facebook accounts. One of the suspects was caught when his Facebook page popped up and he listed his occupation as an "encoder."

After that  slip-up, it didn't take much for authorities to encode the rest of the crew using Facebook search and email addresses. Now, after a three-year investigation, five pirates were convicted and now will be watching flicks behind bars.

 

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