Jan 14 2009
A large number of Chinese discussion forums were thrown into chaos when the Rising Anti-Virus company forced an automatic upgrade from their free 2008 edition to the fee-charged 2009 edition. From most reports, the upgrade took place in the middle of the night without permission, causing computers and Out Look Express to freeze up.
By the afternoon of the 6th, a large number of Chinese users found that they were unable to post comments on their normal website forums. Some users reported that the forum webpages simply appeared blank. Not only were large forums such as NetEase and Taobao effected, business website forums also suffered from the same problems.
According to reports, the accident was compounded by the large number of people using Rising Anti-Virus and the large percentage of discussion forums powered by the Discuz system.
Investigation showed that there were many online complaints about Rising’s new 2009 edition causing problems with e-mail, freezing up, blue screen..etc. According to IT experts, there was a problem with the new 2009 edition allowing Java Script applications to run.
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