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Interpol launches project to tackle Covid-related digital piracy


Interpol has launched a new project to tackle the fast growing problem of covid-related digital piracy which has increased by more than 60 per cent during the past year.


The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourist has donated 2.7 million Euros to the  five-year INTERPOL Stop Online Piracy (I-SOP) initiative. It will counter online piracy and crimes involving intellectual property rights infringement, identifying and dismantling linked illicit online marketplaces, as well as targeting the criminal networks and confiscating their assets.


The Korean National Police Agency will play an important role in collaborating with INTERPOL to build partnerships with industry, international organizations and academia.



The initiative will coordinate the global law enforcement response to digital piracy which can be highly lucrative for criminals with very low risk. It also has a negative impact on the creative sector and economies, ultimately affecting consumers.

In a virtual ceremony, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock, Hwang Hee, Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Kim Chang-Yong, Commissioner General of the Korean National Police Agency signed the agreement in support of I-SOP.



The project is also aimed at raising public awareness of the risks linked to digital piracy. Pirated content can be used to spread malware, trojans and viruses which can result in firewalls and updates being disabled resulting in enhanced security risks.

Although INTERPOL has a long history in combating intellectual property crime, this will be the first project dedicated to the fight against Digital Piracy.


Led by the illicit Markets team, I-SOP will also draw on expertise and support from specialist officers in INTERPOL’s Cybercrime, organized crime, money laundering and fraud units to carry out a range of activities including:


  • Dismantling criminal networks involved in Digital Piracy and targeting their assets

  • Identify and take down websites and servers facilitating digital piracy

  • Improved information exchange between public and private sectors

  • Increase capacity in relevant law enforcement authorities to tackle digital piracy

  • Collection and analysis of intelligence