(Yicai Global) Sept. 29 -- As part of the Chinese government's ongoing campaign against online piracy, the man behind BTtiantang, a website offering illegal film download links, has been arrested, according to Chinese police.
The website, which has since been taken down, offered download links to over 10,000 domestic and foreign films and television programs without paying for the rights to stream.
These included copyrighted material from many film companies such as US-based Universal Pictures and Warner Bros as well as multiple Chinese film companies.
During its peak, 600,000 people accessed BTtiantang, with daily page views totaling 3 million, making it the largest website in China offering illegal torrent download links.
The Chinese police disclosed that the suspect, Mr. Yuan made a profit of over CNY900,000 in under a year through advertisement sales brokered due to the large volume of the website's traffic.
Many websites in China inviting users to download free movies may hijack browsers via Trojan horse viruses or malware which can lead to computers being hacked and identity theft.