Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Sues

"Baidu Hacked by 'Iranian Cyber Army'"
"Baidu, China's leading Internet search engine, demands millions of dollars from, claiming the Baidu Web site went down for 5 hours and was not fully restored for two days after it was hacked by 'the Iranian Cyber Army.' Most Americans were introduced to Baidu recently, when Google threatened to pull out of China because it could no longer tolerate the Chinese government's censoring of information.

In a heavily redacted complaint in Manhattan Federal Court, Baidu claims that its site was vandalized so that users were 'misdirected to a Web page depicting an Iranian flag and broken Star of David and proclaiming: 'This site has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.''

Baidu says it was 'locked out of its own account,' and its 'operations were thus interrupted for approximately five hours and did not fully resume for two days - resulting in serious and substantial injury to Baidu's reputation and business, including millions of dollars of lost revenue and out-of-pocket costs expended in restoring service to its users.'

Stories reporting Google's threat to leave China made headlines around the world - except in China - reported that Baidu has a greater share of the Chinese search engine than Google...

Baidu seeks punitive damages for breach of contract, gross negligence, aiding and abetting tortious conversion, and breach of duty of bailment.

'By replacing's search service interface with the politically charged graphic described above, the imposter committed trespass upon Baidu's reputation,' the complaint states."
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