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Baidu accused of executing DDOS attacks

     
7:12 pm on Sep 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Important to remember that it's just an accusation, and not a conviction. Is this perhaps a business ploy?

8848, one of China's earliest e-commerce websites, has accused Baidu of attacking its server and making 8848 unoperable for 26 hours. 8848 is seeking RMB15 million compensation.

8848 states in its petition that Baidu used Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks and attacked its server through Baidu's affiliate websites.

[chinatechnews.com...]

7:36 pm on Sept 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd rank the possibilities as follows:
1) Publicity ploy by 8848
2) Some Baidu machines compromised by hackers were used for a DDOS attack
3) Low level Baidu tech does some freelancing
4) (highly improbable) Baidu management, having completed their IPO, turns their attention to DDOS attacks on minor competitors.

Good find, Tedster - it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. It might also be an interesting window on how the Chinese legal system resolves disputes between companies.

11:17 pm on Sept 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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yep nice find Tedster ;)

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11:18 pm on Sept 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure we'll hear a sensible resolution in the next 48 hours.
12:14 am on Sept 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Credit where it's due -- I got the tip from Shak.

I've got to agree with Roger - seems extremely odd for Baidu's top management to do this and there are other scenarios that seem much more probable. Time will tell, I suppose. A very odd story, nonetheless.

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Thanks for posting on this. Really curious to find out more :-/
3:46 am on Sept 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, maybe a publicity ploy by 8848 is the answer as rogerd have thought.

In the justification, Baidu claimed that no evidence offered currently by 8848 could prove the attack is ascribed to Baidu. Objectively, there are some vicious network plugins that can disguise themselves as Baidu attacking 8848, hence occurred the possibilities of faked baidu attackers.

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behind most "DDOS" with thousands of IPs are usually 1-2 hacked boxes sending tcp packets with spoofed IPs.