Hackers paralyze China's top search engine
Today China's largest search engine, Baidu.com, said that it was
temporarily shut down after a cyber attack.
Hackers briefly blocked access to China's top search engine by
steering traffic to another Web site where a group reportedly
calling itself the "Iranian Cyber Army" claimed responsibility.
"Services on Baidu's main website http://www.baidu.com were
interrupted today due to external manipulation of its DNS
(domain name server) in the U.S. Baidu has been resolving this
issue and the majority of services have been restored," Baidu
spokesman Victor Tseng said in a statement.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news
briefing Tuesday that China "opposes all cyber crimes, including
There was no evidence the hackers are actually linked to Iran.
Baidu, pronounced "by-doo," holds a market value of about $13
billion and dominates China's Internet search like Google
dominates the market in just about every other major country in
the world. The research firm Analysys International pegs Baidu's
share at about 62 percent of China's internet search market
compared to 29 percent for Google.
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