11|24|2010 05:15 pm EDT
According to a press release published by Marketwire, search engine Baidu and registrar Register.com have agreed to an undisclosed settlement. Baidu had sued Register.com earlier this year after crackers modified the DNS for its baidu.com domain name, which was registered through Register.com. The domain name has since been moved to Markmonitor and was set to be locked against changes on the registry level.
Register.com 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.”
“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.”
[via press release]