School website turns a porno shocker in China

A Chinese school was shocked to find its website hacked and filled with porno pictures.

Updated: Jan 08, 2011, 21:11 PM IST

Beijing: A Chinese school was shocked to
find its website hacked and filled with porno pictures, days
after the institution declined to buy advertising services of
a country`s leading search engine Baidu.com.

Porno pictures popped up when students High School in
Feidong County clicked on their school`s website prompting the
school officials to lodge a police complaint.

The link was fixed yesterday by Anhui`s Internet
police but not before the students and their parents had been
shocked to see pornographic pictures and invitations to
download videos on it.

School officials told state run Shanghai Daily that
they suspect the hacking might have had something to do with
Baidu or its business partners as it happened immediately
after they rejected an offer of its promotional advertising
services.

Their suspicion were strengthened as they could log
into their website without any problem through Google or
Sougou but it turned porno when logged through Baidu search
engine, which is China`s biggest controlling over 70 per cent
of the market.

"A middle-aged man tried persuading us to purchase the
service that guarantees the top position of the link,"
School`s network director surnamed Zhu said.

"It costs 1,200 yuan for one year but we rejected the
offer because the school doesn`t need the advertising
service."

Both Baidu and its associate company Wangxin
Technology Company denied they were involved, when contacted
by the Daily saying that some criminals might have been
involved in it.

A Baidu customer service official also said it had
nothing to do with the incident. It believed the school`s
system had been hijacked by foreign hackers, as they had found
that the server of the attacker was located abroad, he said.

This was not the first time the school`s link had
been hijacked, Zhu said.

The first attack was on November 7 when some teachers
clicked the school`s link on Baidu to find they were directed
to e-commerce site Taobao.com.

Later, the school`s website was turned into an
advertising website, with small windows popping up.

Clicking on them downloaded computer viruses.

School authorities said they hadn`t ruled out the
possibility that some "smart" students were behind the
incidents.

PTI