Italian hackers pirate Piracy Shield, the anti-piracy software

The Italian digital landscape is once again facing controversy surrounding Piracy Shield, an anti-piracy platform managed by AgCom and SP Tech. This time, the platform is dealing with a new challenge: the theft and online publication of its source code on GitHub. The leaked information includes details from the user interface to data models, storage management, filesystems, APIs, and internal documentation.

The perpetrator behind this breach has not been identified, but the incident has sparked widespread criticism of Piracy Shield. Many view it as a tool of censorship rather than an effective piracy solution. The recent distribution of access credentials to hundreds of providers in February only added to the challenges faced by Piracy Shield.

Adding to the complexity is the revelation that Piracy Shield has blocked 15 IP addresses belonging to Akamai, the world’s largest Content Delivery Network. This discovery has fueled further debate on the platform’s legitimacy and effectiveness. MP Giulia Pastorella of Action has expressed concern over these developments and called for urgent intervention to address the issues raised and prevent potential abuse.

The publication of Piracy Shield’s source code on GitHub has dealt a significant blow to AgCom and SP Tech. They now must contend with requests for code removal, as well as legal and security implications stemming from the leak. The individual behind the leak, known as “Fuckpiracyshield,” appears to be protesting against Piracy Shield, condemning it as a tool for censorship rather than an effective anti-piracy measure.

By Samantha Johnson

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