Share-Online Switch Off: has been distributing illegal copies of cinematographic films and series - a million dollar business. Now investigators went against the alleged operators. Users also threaten trouble., which is supposed to be Germany's largest filehosting platform, has been offline since Wednesday.

Investigators, including from Cologne and Aachen, a hit against the alleged operators of the service has succeeded in searches in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

For years, copyright-protected works have been illegally available for download, including feature films, series, porn and music.

Investigations of several residential and business properties in the three countries secured extensive evidence on Wednesday, investigators said Thursday.

The investigators themselves do not name the offer. The fact that it concerns, however, shows among other things a press release of the society for the pursuit of copyright infringement (GVU).

It states that GVU employees in 2017 filed a criminal complaint against the alleged operator of the service.

According to GVU, recorded between six and ten million views per month. It is said that "well-known portals such as, or" were among the sites that most frequently linked to the site. The headquarters of is said to have been located officially in Belize.

Suspects in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt

According to the Cologne Central Office and the Cybercrime (ZAC) North Rhine-Westphalia and the Aachen police, the investigations were directed against three suspects aged 40, 48

And 54 with residences in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt. In addition, servers used by the trio had stood in the Netherlands and in France.

The 54-year-old was the main suspect and live in the Aachen area, informs the prosecutor. There were no arrests.

The men are alleged to have committed through the operation of their platform in a variety of cases aid for the commercial unauthorized exploitation of copyright works.

Share-Online - Incredible amounts of data:

"The operated by the accused online portal represents the current information, the largest operated in Germany Filehoster," the investigators said.

There is talk of "unbelievable amounts of data": According to the latest investigation, the main culprit for the operation of the platform rented ever since 2010 at a Dutch provider steadily growing server capacity, most recently in the double-digit petabyte range.

Through the operation of the platform, the three suspects, according to prosecutors from April 2008 to October 2017, have made a turnover of more than 50 million euros.

The illegal copies were uploaded in the case of by registered users. They were remunerated by the accused on the basis of a points system,

In which the file size of uploaded content and the download numbers - so the interest of other users in the uploads - played a role.

According to the Cologne prosecutor Christoph Hebbecker, the procedure is so far only against the alleged operators of

However, Hebbecker expects further investigations. "We'll see if we can identify uploaders and possibly downloaders as well".

"The focus is on the top uploaders." In the case of "as a rule" both uploads and downloads of users are offenses.

Users could use on request with premium accounts that are subject to a charge. The latter was not cheap at all: for 28 days of premium access,

For example, 10 euros were due in October and 40 euros for six months. Last 30 months were last for the preferential price of 100 euros.


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