Open Secrets: Piracy Shield’s Source Code Leaked, Sparking Controversy over Censorship and IP Blockage in Italy

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. In a recent development, the source code of the platform has been leaked on GitHub, containing 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.

The situation is further compounded by recent reports that Piracy Shield has 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, 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.

AgCom and SP Tech are now facing requests for code removal and legal and security implications due to the leaking of the source code on GitHub. The individual behind

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