Baidu Files Lawsuit Over Malware Alerts

Company doesn't want toolbar, address bar identified as dangerous

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The Chinese search company that is more or less the Google of its home market has sued another organization over its security software.  Baidu said in its lawsuit that Qihoo 360’s Safe PC software unfairly identifies its toolbar and address bar as malware.

Indeed, there doesn’t seem to be much disagreement on that point.  According to Michael Kan, Qihoo 360 said in a statement, "In providing search results, Baidu has made no obligation toward protecting its users.  Baidu is not a security company.  Baidu should check to see if these two software programs are operating correctly."

Baidu seems to feel that Qihoo 360 owes it a formal apology – and rather a lot of money – however.

Baidu’s suit actually seeks to make Qihoo 360 publish an apology on all of its properties and a few other prominent sites, cover its legal expenses, and then pay 10 million yuan (or about $1.47 million) in compensation.

It’s possible Baidu will pull off a win and attract some users as a result of this push, too, as the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court has accepted the case.

We’ll see what happens.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t yet seem to be a timetable in terms of a resolution.

Baidu Files Lawsuit Over Malware Alerts
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    This is not the first time i heard an antivirus software detected a false positive that happen to be belong to legitimate programs. Before was Avira which detected Bitdefender software as malware threats. And avira have apologized for the mistake and rectify it as soon as possible without lawsuit. So Qihoo 360 shouldn’t be paying Baidu, because there could be technical mistake in their software.

    And the fact that some anti-virus detect such false positive for some reasons. It could be that the script of Baidu toolbar really have spy tools in it to monitor users searches. Thus using the information they can direct targeted marketing ads to the users based on their searching behavior. This kind of spying practice is legal for big companies but illegal for individuals.

    Just like Google spy on us using its search behavior analysis. If not then how is Google can direct Adsense automatically to anyone on any website that run adsense even based on users search patterns on Google.

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