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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.
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.
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.
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.