Italian Hackers Pirate Anti-Piracy Software, Piracy Shield
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Piracy Shield’s Source Code Leaked: A Serious Threat to Anti-Piracy Efforts and Censorship Concerns

Italian digital landscape is ablaze with talk about the latest challenge faced by Piracy Shield, an anti-piracy platform managed by AgCom in collaboration with SP Tech. This platform, previously criticized for mistakenly blocking legitimate sites, is now facing a more serious threat with the theft and online publication of its source code on GitHub. The leaked code contains sensitive information ranging from user interface to data models, storage management, filesystem, API and internal documentation.

The identity of the perpetrator behind this act remains unknown but has sparked backlash against Piracy Shield. Many are accusing it of acting more as a tool of censorship rather than a solution to online piracy. The situation has been further compounded by recent reports that Piracy Shield blocked 15 IP addresses belonging to Akamai, the world’s largest Content Delivery Network. This revelation discovered through Piracy Shield Search has intensified the debate surrounding the legitimacy and efficacy of the platform.

Amidst all this turmoil, MP Giulia Pastorella from Action Party has expressed deep concerns about these developments and called for immediate action to address the highlighted issues and prevent potential misuse. Her appeal comes after it was revealed that numerous providers were granted access to Piracy Shield in February, highlighting the challenges faced by the platform.

The leaking of Piracy Shield source code on GitHub has dealt a significant blow to AgCom and SP Tech who must now navigate requests for code removal as well as legal and security implications. The individual behind the leak using the pseudonym “Fuckpiracyshield” appears to be protesting against Piracy Shield portraying it as a tool for censorship rather than an effective anti-piracy solution.

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