FBI first arrested sites with pirated Android apps

One large and two small sites distributing pirated Android applications were closed during the first of its kind operations by the FBI, the Department of Justice, and a number of government services in the United States and other countries.

Closed sites are:

  • applanet.net
  • snappzmarket.com
  • appbucket.net

According to PC World, FBI agents arrested three domains and received 9 search warrants. It is not yet clear whether the FBI and the Justice Ministry will take any action against the owners of sites or related people.

Applanet, the largest of the arrested sites, was portrayed as the repository of over 15,000 Android apps, according to Google’s cache. 88,000 people “love” the Applanet group on Facebook, and its 21,000 followers on Twitter. The other two sites have fewer subscribers on social networks, however, for example, SnappzMarket advertises itself as a repository of more than 50,000 applications.

“Applications are becoming an essential part of our national economy and creative culture, and we must protect the creators of these applications from those who are trying to steal them,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice.