A criminal network of copyright infringing hackers allegedly responsible for pirating movies and hosting illegal digital content has been dismantled. The investigation involved the cooperation of the US authorities and their counterparts in 18 countries, with support from Europol and Eurojust. Several of the main suspects were arrested and sixty servers across North America, Europe and Asia were taken down. Investigations into the criminal network Sparks Group commenced in September 2016 and it is alleged that their activities have caused tens of millions of US dollars in losses to film production studios from copyright infringement. The Sparks Group allegedly compromised copyright protections by reproducing and uploading unreleased content and also made material misrepresentations and omissions to wholesale distributors.