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Internet1x2 staff apprehended by Israeli police; website remains down

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Police detectives on Tuesday uncovered an illegal online gambling network, which they suspect was operating via the website internet1x2.com. At the end of a lengthy undercover investigation, police arrested five people suspecting of operating an offshoot online gambling network directed at Israeli gamblers.

Two Israeli siblings, one living abroad and the other a Tel Aviv resident, 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 detainedNational 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 slated to stand remand hearing on Tuesday at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.

Just last month the Lahav 433 unit’s special task force uncovered another gambling network that rolled in 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.

The gambling, which is believed to have been carried out via credit cards and bank transfers, 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.