Are all paywalls equal or are some more equal?
Let's check out https://www.demorgen.be/ , a quality Belgian newspaper, as our target.
When looking at the source code, it seems all artcile content is present in the browser, but a Javscript is triggering a layer that prevents reading the content.
Using DOMxpath queries we can get the relevant article titles, images and paragraphs.
And we have a working POC: https://pwe.cagy.org/?articleURL=...
Most paywalls are effective. Some can be evaded easily.
All other Belgian online newspapers did a much better job at protecting their precious content, even newspapers from the same media group (DPG).
DeMorgen.be joined the https://www.intigriti.com/ Bug Bounty platform. In the project details you'll find:
Lets create a simple Chrome browser plugin to open a page with a blocked article in the Paywall Evader website.
And we have a winner.
Thank you DeMorgen.be for not caring about paywall evasions!