June 16, 2024

Piracy Shield’s Source Code Leaked: The Battle Against Online Piracy and Censorship in Italy

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Italian Hackers Pirate Anti-Piracy Software, Piracy Shield

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

The identity of the perpetrator behind this act remains a mystery, but the incident has sparked backlash against Piracy Shield, with many accusing it of acting more as a tool of censorship rather than a solution to online piracy. This backlash has been further fueled by recent reports that Piracy Shield has blocked 15 IP addresses belonging to Akamai, the world’s largest Content Delivery Network. These developments have intensified the debate surrounding the legitimacy and efficacy of the platform.

MP Giulia Pastorella, a member of Action, has expressed deep concerns about these developments and has 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 the source code on GitHub has dealt a significant blow to AgCom and SP Tech who must navigate requests for code removal while also dealing with legal and security implications.

In response to this incident, AgCom and SP Tech have stated that they are taking immediate steps to rectify this situation by conducting an internal investigation into their systems and processes. They have also pledged to work closely with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in order to identify and apprehend those responsible for this cyber attack. Despite these efforts, however, there is still much uncertainty surrounding both the motivations behind this cyber attack as well as its potential consequences for Italian society at large.

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