China's Baidu sues US company over hack
Thursday 21 January 2010
China's most popular search engine, Baidu, is accusing its US-based domain name registry of negligence in a lawsuit over a hacking attack that temporarily blocked access to the site last week.
Baidu said it has filed suit against Register.com in a New York court, seeking unspecified damages.
Hackers blocked access to Baidu on 12 January by steering traffic to a website where a group reportedly calling itself the "Iranian Cyber Army" claimed responsibility. There was no evidence the hackers were linked to Iran.
"Due to US domain name registry service Register.com's gross negligence, Baidu's domain name www.baidu.com domain name resolution was illegally and maliciously altered," the Beijing-based company said in a statement.
Resolution refers to the process that matches a website address written in words to the string of numbers that computers recognise as its place on the internet. Baidu gave no details of what it accuses the registry of doing wrong.
Register.com called the lawsuit "completely without merit."
"Register.com takes cyber-terrorism very seriously and we are working closely with federal law enforcement officials who are investigating this crime as well as the recent similar attacks on Twitter and Google," the said company spokeswoman Alice McGillion in a prepared statement yesterday.
Baidu, pronounced "by-doo," has about 60 per cent of China's online search market, compared with about 35 per cent for US-based Google, which last week threatened to threat to shut down its search engine in China over online censorship and hacking.
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
Actors star in Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Human faces unique 'because we don't recognise each other by smell'
Newcastle winger reveals he has testicular cancer - and is losing his trademark long hair as a result
Man's attempt to avoid being impounded heavily criticised
Life & Style blogs
Victoria's Secret models star in new nude Russell James book
iPhone 6 review: bigger, thinner, faster, brighter - Apple proves you can make the best better
iPhone 6 Plus review: more like a small iPad that makes calls - but perfect for some
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£45000 - £50000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client, a glob...
£20000 - £25000 Per Annum Plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Huxley Associates are currentl...