[Note: This blog is an offshoot of a larger story: Qihoo 360 Accused of Faking a Microsoft Patch. ]
A Disinformation war between Kingsoft and Qihoo 360?
08/05/2012 (see 08/04/2012 update at end of blog)
CEO of Kingsoft responding to what I'm calling "cloned smears" (See 08/03/2012 entry below):
"The face of this "Gold Mountain defender patch" incident, Fu Sheng, CEO of Kingsoft Internet microblogging statement said: "In fact, Microsoft does have an IE6 upgrade IE8 plans, including 360 invited, Jinshan, including the number of partners to participate. only Jinshan honestly help Microsoft to upgrade to ie6 ie8, 360 but by the opportunity to trick users to install the browser 360. 360 things brought to light after the crazy dirty water splashed to Jinshan. " http://bit.ly/QDevI6
As if the issue were not confusing enough, articles today emerge accusing Kingsoft of virtually the same abuse, and using pretty much the same language as found in the charges leveled against Qihoo. (The link I had placed here no longer points to the same article.)
It is almost comical how identical the accusations are. Search for ""补丁门"又有最新进展，或许是迫于舆论指责和微软的压力" and both Qihoo and Kingsoft accusations emerge next to each other. Just change the name and the patch code and its a "story"!
So far a news search of the above string ( ""补丁门"又有最新进展，或许是迫于舆论指责和微软的压力" ) in Google will yield the accusation against Kingsoft, but news searches in Baidu only yield those accusations laid against Qihoo.
General searches (outside of the news) on both engines yielded results for both.
Here is the text comparing two articles, one accusing Kingsoft and the other accusing Qihoo (run through the Google translator).
|Article accusing Kingsoft||Article accusing Qihoo 360|
|Google Translator, here||Google Translator, here|
|Forced by the accused of public opinion and pressure on Microsoft? The Jinshan emergency under the frame of the counterfeit patches||
|Jinshan counterfeit Microsoft patch door "but also the latest developments, perhaps forced by the pressure of opinion accusations and Microsoft Jinshan official emergency shelf fake Microsoft patch" KB660002, KB660001 ", and changed his tune called" Jinshan official patch.||360 security guards "patch door" and the latest progress, perhaps forced by the pressure of opinion accusations and Microsoft have been 360 official emergency shelf of counterfeit Microsoft patch KB360018, and corrected himself and called 360 official patch.|
Previous users microblogging broke Jinshan naming rules in accordance with Microsoft security patches, concocted a counterfeit Microsoft patch KB660002, KB660001, mislead consumers bundle to install the upgrade Kingsoft.
Previously review:Previous users microblogging broke the 360 naming rules in accordance with Microsoft security patches, concocted counterfeit Microsoft patch KB360018 "mislead consumers bundled installation of 360 browser.
|Subsequently, Microsoft appeared to stand, saying "It (KB660002, KB660001) is certainly not Microsoft's products". Follow-up processing for Microsoft, Microsoft officials were not done further response. Microsoft also said that the processing method temporarily to the media.||Subsequently, Microsoft appeared to stand, saying "(KB360018) is certainly not Microsoft's products". Follow-up processing for Microsoft, Microsoft officials were not done further response. Microsoft also said that the processing method temporarily to the media.|
|Jinshan official also made a formal response, said KB660002, KB660001 does not Microsoft's official patch, but by Jinshan self-published "false patch" the original intention of the software upgrade program. "||360 official also made a formal response to recognition of KB360018 does not Microsoft's official patch, but from 360 self-published "false patch", the intention is "to provide the the IE6 kernel upgrade program.|
Latest developments:Microsoft officially released to hardware manufacturers Windows8RTM version with the appearance of the world's attention Win8 application store. Regrettably, the old domestic soft kill Duba did not get the opportunity into the Win8 application store.
Latest developments:360 "360 018 360 official patch" claimed on its official forum, also announced that this patch has been off the assembly line.
Didn't get very far on this one, but a blogger in China made a nice observation, which I looked into and upon which I will elaborate:
1.The fake patch attributed to Kingsoft had a 2009 date next to it. Qihoo's has 2012.
2. The patch attributed to Qihoo took on a unique code. The one attributed to Kingsoft was identical to a patch independently attributed to Microsoft (see link below).
3. Bloggers and the CEO of Kingssoft have said that Qihoo's patch installed its own browser, while Kingsoft's patch really did update the Internet Explorer.
4. The official KB660001 patch was available before either Kingsoft's security guards existed or the new browser existed. As you can see a patch with the same code/name was offered independently in 2010, with a 2009 date next to the download:here. The URL found on that page still worksdownload.microsoft.com/download/1/6/1/16.... However, I was not able to find KB660001 on Microsoft's official site.
This is not a slam-dunk, of course. The accusers can still say that it's possible that Kingsoft put malware under the guise of a 2009 IE8 SP Pack ... but why do that when, for example, they could have used a later update, such as the one available for Internet Explorer dated 2010? The pitch was, "your computer is in a high state of vulnerability" ... and then you want to fool them by offering a 3 year-old patch? If you're going to tell a lie, you are not limited to what's available. You can make up anything you want. In contrast, the patch attributed to Qihoo had a July 2012 date next to it.
Although not conclusive, here's some source material:
Disclosure: I am short QIHU.