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Chinese Search Engine Files Lawsuit Following Hack

Following the cyber attack by the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ on Chinese search engine Baidu, the company has filed a lawsuit against the domain registrar in a New York court. The DNS record attack redirected web users to a defaced web page instead of the search engine site.

According to the lawsuit, the attack occurred because of “gross negligence” on the part of the domain registrar. The attack disrupted traffic for hours. Baidu has not disclosed the amount of damages suffered during the attack or how much compensation is being sought.

Baidu currently controls over 60 percent of the Chinese search market. In an unrelated attack, Google was hit by a cyber attack attempting to compromise the emails of human rights activists. Since the attack, Google has threatened to pull itself from the Chinese market and the US government has issued a formal protest to the Chinese.

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