China's leading search engine Baidu has pinned the entire blame for the recent attack on its site on American domain registrar Register.com. The hackers, who identified themselves as the Iranian Cyber Army, had disrupted Baidu's services for hours on January 12. They diverted all traffic meant for Baidu.com – the Chinese site (Baidu.cn) wasn't affected – to a page maintained by them.
Baidu has wasted little time in slamming Register.com with a lawsuit for "gross negligence" on the latter's part. It said in a statement that the registrar's negligence abetted the attack on its site. But the domain registrar believes that Baidu has no case against it and its suit is without merit.
"Register.com takes cyber-terrorism very seriously and we are working closely with federal law enforcement officials who are investigating this crime as well as the recent similar attacks on Twitter and Google," a spokesperson for Register.com said. The same group that hacked Baidu had also attacked Twitter last month.