Israeli police have pounced on an illegal online gambling network which they suspect was operating via the website internet1x2.com, reports Israel News.
In a raid following a lengthy undercover investigation, police arrested five people suspecting of operating an online gambling network directed at Israeli gamblers.
Two as yet unnamed Israeli brothers, one living abroad and the other in Tel Aviv, are suspected of heading the network. Other suspects, who police believe were involved in providing technical support to the websites, and managing finances and payments, were also detained.
National Police Investigations Unit detectives and an Internet gambling task force from the Lahav 433 unit also detained a number of gamblers and other people involved in the case. The suspects are scheduled to appear for a remand hearing today (Tuesday) at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court.
In November, the Lahav 433 unit's special task force uncovered another gambling network that generated hundreds of millions of shekels. But while last month's case involved a rather primitive system, in which a messenger would arrive to collect or hand out money to the gamblers, Tuesday's case revealed a much more sophisticated system which allowed participants to gamble with their credit cards, Israel News reports.
The cluster of gambling websites is believed to have been operating via a server in Eastern Europe. But the fact that the websites were directed at Israeli surfers, written in the Hebrew language, and allowed users to gamble using their credit cards, led to the decision that the websites in question were operating illegally.
The gambling, is believed to have been carried out via credit cards and bank transfers, and included betting on sports such as world soccer, American football, baseball, boxing, tennis and hockey. It also included online poker and casino games with live dealers via webcam.