Piracy Shield Under Fire: Hackers Leak Source Code and Accuse Platform of Censorship

Italian Hackers Pirate Anti-Piracy Software, Piracy Shield

Italian digital landscape is ablaze with news about Piracy Shield, the anti-piracy platform managed by AgCom in collaboration with SP Tech. The platform has been under scrutiny for its past mistakes of blocking legitimate sites and is now facing a more serious challenge – the theft and online publication of its source code. The leaked code, available on GitHub, 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 with many accusing it of acting more like a tool of censorship than an effective solution to online piracy.

The situation is 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. 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 which highlights 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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