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Hacking Italian Piracy Shield: Source Code Leaked and Legitimacy Called into Question

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Italian hackers pirate Piracy Shield, the anti-piracy software

The Italian digital landscape has been rocked by controversy surrounding Piracy Shield, an anti-piracy platform managed by AgCom and SP Tech. This platform, which was previously criticized for mistakenly blocking legitimate sites, is now facing a new challenge: the theft and online publication of its source code. 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.

To add to the complexity of the situation, it has been revealed 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 recent distribution of access credentials to hundreds of providers in February highlights the challenges faced by Piracy Shield. However, this breach may have done even more damage to AgCom and SP Tech with the publication of Piracy Shield’s source code on GitHub. They must now contend with requests for code removal as well as legal and security implications stemming from the leak.

The individual behind this leak goes by the name “Fuckpiracyshield” appears to be protesting against Piracy Shield condemning it as a tool for censorship rather than an effective anti-piracy measure.

By Samantha Nguyen

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