Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) internet browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese antitrust probe, raising the prospect of China revisiting the software bundling issue at the heart of past antitrust complaints against the firm in the West.
Microsoft has not been fully transparent with information about its Windows and Office sales, but has expressed willingness to cooperate with ongoing investigations, Zhang Mao, the head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), told reporters at a briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.
The theft of personal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems by hackers in China highlights the increasing degree to which hospitals are becoming lucrative targets for information theft.
Already this year, around 150 incidents of lost or stolen personal data -- either due to hacking or ineptitude -- have been reported by medical establishments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On August 10, an apology was issued to Xiaomi phone users, as a result of independent researchers finding that the devices collect personal information entered by the user and send it to a remote server.
Hugo Barra, Xiaomi global vice president, took it to Google+ to deliver the apologies to the users, informing them that the data leak was due to the Cloud Messaging service, which is automatically enabled when the device is turned on.
Synolocker crypto-malware affecting Synology network access (NAS) devices in particular, has hit the Faculty of Medicine of Chinese University and took hostage no less than 10,000 patient records.
It appears that the affected data belongs to the Centre for Liver Health and Institute of Digestive Disease at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, and the police confirmed that the crooks used Synolocker for the deed.
Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for antitrust investigation as government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.
Representatives from China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which is responsible for enforcing business laws, made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to local media reports that were confirmed by Microsoft.