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Hijacked Residential IPs – A New Threat to Studios, OTTs and Rightsholders

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This white paper explains how millions of users who downloaded “free” VPN software to bypass territorial content restrictions while staying at home during COVID-19 have unwittingly had their residential IPs hijacked by these VPN providers (through the terms of service) and then sold to the highest bidder – usually other VPNs who then sell these residential IPs as a premium priced option to by-pass existing VPN detection.

This “premium” service enables users to access territorially restricted content by pretending to be an “undetectable” residential IP in a specific geographical territory.

In this white paper, we provide an easy-to-deploy solution to detect residential IPs and ensure protection from geo-piracy for content owners and rightsholders.

Check out this White Paper to learn:

  • How the use of location spoofing via VPNs and DNS Proxies has surged during COVID-19 as people at home attempt to access territorially restricted content
  • How this has resulted in millions of hijacked residential IPs being sold to the highest bidder.
  • The methods used to hijack residential computers to enable large-scale geo-piracy.
  • How geolocation fraud undermines the territorial business model that content owners and rightsholders rely on for revenue and puts the entire streaming media industry at risk.
  • The tools and strategies you can utilize to effectively combat the residential IP threat.

Whether you’re a content owner, rightsholder or OTT provider, this White Paper shows how geolocation fraud via hijacked residential IPs is threatening the entire content delivery ecosystem and how you can stop it!

GeoGuard provides content protection and geolocation fraud solutions to a wide range of partners and customers in the streaming video ecosystem including: