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U.S. law firm behind China piracy suit targeted in attacks




U.S. law firm behind China piracy suit targeted in attacks
U.S. law firm behind China piracy suit targeted in attacks



http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10434551-245.html 

By Elinor Mills
InSecurity Complex 
CNET News
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 
Angeles-based firm.

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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