Roku hires new team to prevent piracy

According to a new job posting on Roku’s website, the company is searching for a director of Anti-Piracy and Content Security to stop the illegal activity on its streaming devices.

The new executive will be responsible for defining the technology roadmap and overseeing implementation of anti-piracy and content security initiatives at Roku, and will collaborate with the company’s service and firmware engineering teams to protect rights holders intellectual property.

Roku is also hiring a Sr. Software Engineer of Anti-piracy, who will be responsible for implementing anti-piracy and content protection technology as it pertains to Roku OS.  This entails developing software features, conducting forensic investigations and mining Roku’s big data platform and other threat intelligence sources for copyright infringement activities on and off platform.

Roku devices include app from several players, including Netflix.  However, cyber criminals are using the devices to access illegal content. In this sense, in July this year, a Mexican court ordered to stop selling the devices alleging that they let users view pirated channels.