The Italian digital landscape is once again facing controversy over Piracy Shield, the anti-piracy platform operated by AgCom and SP Tech. This time, the platform is facing a new challenge: stealing and publishing its source code online. The leaked information includes details from user interface to data model, storage management, file system, API and internal documentation. The perpetrator behind the breach has not been identified, but the incident has sparked widespread criticism of Piracy Shield, with many viewing it as a censorship tool rather than a solution to piracy.

Adding to the complexity was the discovery that Piracy Shield had blocked 15 IP addresses belonging to Akamai, the world’s largest content delivery network. This revelation fueled further debate about the platform’s legitimacy and effectiveness. MP Giulia Pastorella from Action expressed concern about these developments and called for immediate intervention to resolve the issues raised and prevent potential abuse. The recent distribution of access credentials to hundreds of providers in February highlights the challenges facing Pirate Shield.

The release of the Piracy Shield source code on GitHub dealt a significant blow to AgCom and SP Tech. They must now contend with requests to remove the code, as well as legal and security implications arising from the leak. The individual behind the leak, known as “Fuckpiracyshield,” appears to be protesting Piracy Shield, denouncing it as a censorship tool rather than an effective anti-piracy measure.

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