By Elinor Mills
January 13, 2010
A U.S. law firm representing a Web content-filtering company in a piracy
lawsuit against the Chinese government said on Wednesday that it
received malicious e-mails in a targeted attack from China similar to
recent attacks on Google and other U.S. companies.
At least 10 employees at Gipson Hoffman & Pancione received the e-mails
on Monday and Tuesday, according to Gregory Fayer, a lawyer at the Los
The firm filed a $2.2 billion lawsuit last week on behalf of Solid Oak
Software against the Chinese government, two Chinese software
developers, and seven PC manufacturers. The suit alleges that they
illegally copied code from Solid Oak's Cybersitter Web content-filtering
program and distributed the code as part of a Chinese
government-sponsored censorship program involving China-created Green
Dam Youth Escort filtering software.
The e-mails sent to the law firm, mostly to lawyers, came in three
different formats, were made to look like they came from Fayer or one of
two other lawyers at the firm, and had attachments or included links to
outside Web sites, Fayer said. Some of the content of the e-mails
expressed concern over viruses and other potential security issues,
while another gave a link to an FTP site where large files could be
downloaded, he said.
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