South CN, 1/12/10
At approximately 7:30am on January 12, China's largest search engine, Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), was attacked by Iranian hackers, at which time the site's front page displayed a banner reading: "This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army."
The page was soon removed, but Baidu remained inaccessible. When visitors accessed the page, they were greeted by a "Yahoo" branded page.
Technical sources said that Baidu's domain name may have been hijacked, and that the company's domain name resolution was taken over by Yahoo.
Editor's Note: Following the incident, internal Baidu sources said that the issues have been essentially resolved, and that Baidu is now accessible again internally within the company, but that because of equipment issues, it will take some time before the site is publicly accessible. Baidu PR representatives said that Baidu's DNS records were illegally changed on its American registrar's site, causing the interruption of service, and that Baidu's technical staff is actively correcting the issue.
At the time of publication of this news summary, Baidu's service appeared to have been fully restored.