November 16, 2004
China: Website hijacking not a crime?
A Hanghzhou company has been left without legal redress following the hijacking of its website by a competitor. Hangzhou LIPU Power Supply Co., Ltd (LIPU) registered its website, photo11.com, to act as an online shop-front for their business, products and to establish a place to contact with the clients. A Mr Li, a former employee of LIPU, later established Hangzhou CHUIZHI Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (CHUIZHI) specialising in similar fields to LIPU. CHUIZHI also established a website as an online shop-front for its business under the domain name printanet.com. However, using the password of his former company's website photo11.com, Mr. Li changed the system setting to make re-direct traffic from LIPU's website to his own company's website. The re-direction informed web-users that the company's new domain name was printanet.com. The web-users were further directed to change all their billing details and information to correspond to Mr Li's new company.... [Continued on Rouse & co.'s newsletter #233]
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