Caixin
Jan 04, 2011 06:19 PM

Qihoo Accused of Privacy Breach by Rival

(Beijing) - Qihoo 360, an online security provider, has been accused by its business rival of collecting and leaking the private information of its users, igniting rounds of recrimination between the two Chinese internet companies.
 
On December 31, Kingsoft's anti-virus subsidiary, Kingsoft Network Technology, called a press conference saying that it found a privacy breach leaking the private data of users, including user name and password, in a server of Qihoo 360.

A Caixin investigation found that private data and online site history is being recorded by upload.360safe.com.

Kingsoft said in its official blog that it is not necessary for anti-virus software providers to collect private data.

Netease News quoted Qihoo 360 Vice President Liu Jun as saying that the company has launched emergency investigation into the security breach. Liu also said Kingsoft's statements were untrue and that the company used fake evidence to slander Qihoo 360. He added that Qihoo 360 intends to sue Kingsoft.

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