So everyone’s been talking in circles about Google potentially leaving China. We’ve heard that Google will undeniably shut down, and that they might not; that Google is taking a stand for beliefs, or just can’t compete in China; that the Chinese government wants to keep politics out of it, and “the Google incident is not just a commercial incident, it is a political incident.”
While we were all paying attention to Google, it seems Baidu snuck off to New York and filed a lawsuit against the American DNS provider it uses over that whole “Iranian Cyberarmy” hacking incident. Apparently, the good old “Iranians” were traced to the United States, and Baidu’s DNS service wasn’t well protected enough to stop the attacks.
During the Baidu.com cyberattack, users were prevented from accessing China’s search engine for hours. Security researchers say that the perpetrators changed Baidu’s DNS records in order to redirect traffic to the new site.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in a New York federal court, Baidu said it was seeking damages for violation of the Lanham Act, citing trademark infringement, breach of contract and “gross negligence,” according to court documents.
Baidu declined to specify the extent of the losses or how much it was seeking in damages.
Whoa. We’ve got so many unanswered questions. Is Baidu’s move political, or is it not political? Are they righteously standing up against a country that fails to enforce its basic corporate rights, or is it just a good business move? Are they just mirroring Google for publicity, or are they keeping it low key because they control 70% of the Chinese search engine market? Can someone please write an op-ed article, so we can finally understand?