Cyber war between Qihoo, Tencent easing

14:21, November 11, 2010      

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The clash between two Chinese tech giants appeared to be subsiding Wednesday after Qihoo 360, a leading online security software provider, said that Tencent's popular instant messaging platform QQ was running smoothly on computers that also had their antivirus software.

However, Tencent, China's largest Internet firm by market capitalization, said that 5 million QQ users, still using Koukou Guard, a downloadable tool promoted by 360 as the solution to stop the illegal scanning by blocking QQ plug-ins, were still having trouble.

The software triggered a virtual war between the two companies and things turned serious on November 3 when Tencent decided to block access to computers that carried any of 360's software. On Saturday, 360 announced they had withdrawn Koukou Guard.

A 360 statement released Wednesday said the problem was solved after mediation involving three government departments including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Web users can report to 360 if QQ messenger and 360's software seem incompatible, and 360 will inform the government.

QQ has more than 600 million active users, while Qihoo 360 said they have at least 300 million users.

However, Tencent insisted Wednesday that it won't allow access to users still running Koukou Guard on their computers.

Twenty million users initially were affected and about 15 million have returned, Tencent Chairman Ma Huateng said at a press briefing.

President Martin Lau said it was hard to tell what impact the conflict might have on Tencent's business.

In an announcement Wednesday, Tencent also accused 360 of releasing various information in the name of the government during the dispute.

Source: Global Times


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