China’s Baidu sues domain name server after hacker attack

SHANGHAI - China’s top search engine, Baidu Inc, filed a lawsuit against its U.S.-based domain name service provider on Wednesday after a cyber attack interrupted its web services last week.

By (Reuters)

Published: Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:44 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:46 AM

Hackers calling themselves the Iranian Cyber Army briefly hijacked Baidu’s home page on Jan. 12, weeks after doing the same thing to popular microblogging site Twitter.

Baidu said it was seeking damages from, its United States service provider, after web users around the world were unable to access its search engine for at least four hours.

“As a result of the gross negligence of Inc, the domain name resolution of was unlawfully and maliciously altered,” said Baidu in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Following the cyber attack, media carried snapshots of Baidu’s home page showing a message “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army” against a dark background and the flag of Iran.

Outraged Chinese hackers retaliated by attacking Iran-based websites the following day.

Baidu, which holds the greatest share of the Chinese online search market, vaulted into greater prominence after Google’s shock announcement last week that it may leave China over censorship hacking concerns.

Its Nasdaq-listed shares have gained around a fifth in value and touched a record $470.25 last Friday.

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