Italy's war on music piracy has reached a new level of violence. A Naples-based officer in Italy's Guardia di Finanza, or "fiscal police," has been fired at by members of the local mafia. The incident

MILAN -- Italy's war on music piracy has reached a new level of violence. A Naples-based officer in Italy's Guardia di Finanza, or "fiscal police," has been fired at by members of the local mafia. The incident took place near the Gianturco police station in Naples on Nov. 14.

The officer in question had been involved in the recent "Operation Jolly Roger," which led to seven arrests and the seizure of more than three million pirate CDs and DVDs. Forensic scientists believe that the attack was designed to kill the officer.

Enzo Mazza, director general of industry body FIMI and president of the anti-piracy body FPM, tells ELW: "This episode shows that the investigations are having a major impact on organized crime organizations. They are now trying to defend themselves with unprecedented violence."

The assailants are thought to have been members of the "Camorra," the Neapolitan mafia, an organization that is closely involved in counterfeit production.