- Jul 2011
More: 'Piracy is Booming in Russia, With Help From Online Casinos' - TorrentFreakThe number of illegally recorded films in Russian cinemas is skyrocketing, cybersecurity company Group-IB reports. Nearly all films that were released this year have leaked. According to Group-IB, one particularly active group of pirates is financed by online-casinos, who advertise their logos in the videos.
Piracy is very much a worldwide phenomenon, but there are some noteworthy differences between various regions.
Earlier this year we reported that there’s a notable decrease in camcording piracy globally. However, in Russia, this trend is going in the opposite direction.
This finding was corroborated this week by the international cybersecurity outfit Group-IB. The company’s Anti-Piracy department reported that there has been a clear increase in locally camcorded movies.
In 2016 there were ‘only’ 33 Russian cinema leaks. This increased more than 500% to 211 a year later and, during the first eight months of 2018, the counter has already reached 280 leaked recordings.
“Almost every film released in 2018 has been pirated and leaked to the web. In 2017, the country’s cinemas showed 477 movies, and 211 of them were pirated, which is 6 times more than a year earlier,” Group-IB notes.
TorrentFreak reached out to Andrey Busargin, Director of Brand Protection at Group-IB, who informed us that there is an organized group of “camcording” pirates which has been very active.
“This group is financed by online-casinos, which support online-pirates as well. Online-casinos integrate their ads in the pirated copies and TV-shows in the form of logos, captioning or even as audio tracks,” Busargin says.
These pirated copies than spread across the web. As an example, Group-IB provided screenshots of ads for “Azino 777” before and during pirated movies, as well as a branded watermark, seen below.
“This scheme allows online casinos to generate leads, wherever a user watches a pirated copy and whatever ads are displayed on a website with pirated copies,” Busargin adds.
It's true lol I've myself watched lots of movies online, off Russian sites... Pisses me off: always at the beginning you get not only the logo of an online casino, but a voice talking about the casino OVER the damn movie, for like 5 minutes But it's during the opening credits, to be fair, so you're not really missing any of the film itself
News show in 2016 shows police Russian city of in Yekaterinburg pick up a "pirate" in a local movie theater; seems he was caught on a security camera, setting up his remotely controlled recording equipment
But there are some of decent quality too. Some, I think, are also stolen actually through the internet too, by hackers...