November 24, 2010 16:05 ET

Baidu and Announce Settlement of Litigation Over Cyber-Attack

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 24, 2010) -, Inc. and Baidu, Inc. and Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Co., Ltd. announced today that they have amicably settled their litigation arising out of a January 2010 cyber-attack on through its domain name registration, maintained by The settlement resolves the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, Baidu, et al. v., Inc., No. 10 Civ. 444 (DC). issued the following statement:

"On January 11, 2010 (New York time) / January 12, 2010 (Beijing time), a breach of Register's security by a cyber-attacker resulted in a severe disruption to Baidu's website and operations. After an internal investigation, we found that the breach occurred because Register's security protocols had been compromised. We have worked with United States law enforcement officials and Baidu to address the issue. We sincerely apologize to Baidu for the disruption that occurred to its services as a result of this incident.

"Security is essential to our business and to our client relationships. Over the years, as we have worked hard to be an industry leader in every aspect of our business, we have continuously reviewed and adjusted our security practices and technology in an attempt to stay ahead of the increasing sophistication of cyber-criminals. Security cannot be viewed as a static goal, but rather an ongoing process of improvement. That has, and continues to be, a top commitment to our clients."

Baidu stated:

"We accept Register's apology for the disruption to Baidu's services last January. At Baidu, providing our users reliable search services is our highest priority."

The parties indicated that the terms of the settlement are confidential. 

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