Exclusive: Proof that Green Dam ripped off Solid Oak in 2006

Exclusive: Proof that Green Dam ripped off Solid Oak in 2006

Summary: Yesterday, I pointed out that China's Green Dam Youth Escort software purloins a 2006 version of Solid Oak's CyberSitter net-nanny software and that the developer - Jinhui- was involved in drafting specifications for "parental control software" also in 2006. It seems that this software has been around since '06.

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Yesterday, I pointed out that China's Green Dam Youth Escort software purloins a 2006 version of Solid Oak's CyberSitter net-nanny software and that the developer - Jinhui- was involved in drafting specifications for "parental control software" also in 2006. It seems that this software has been around since '06.

(This morning, the Chinese news agency Xinhua issued a two-line statement that the July 1 deadline has been delayed.)

Solid Oak CEO Brian Milburn wrote with further proof that the software lifts from the 2006 version. He's obtained from Jinhui servers two .exe files that prove the current software was purloined from Solid Oak in 2005 and files added in 2006. You can download a zip of the files here. Here are screen shots of the files in 7zip:
CyberSitter files in Green Dam build, circa Dec. 2005

Additional files added to CyberSitter files in Green Dam build from 2006

Brian explains:

This contains 2 files, datapth.exe and datapth06.exe. You can extract these files safely. They are executable archives. I used 7zip to open the exe files and look at the contents.

Datapth.exe shows all our files in the Green Dam encrypted format. It dates to December 2005.

Datapth06 has the same files, plus 6 Green Dam specific files. These files date from January to September 2006.

Both of these are original untouched Green Dam files from the period. They were obtained from the Green Dam makers servers at www.zzjinhui.com. These have since been removed from their servers.

These are the real thing and even better proof of the time period involved. It looks like they were real active on this portion of the program around 12/2005 to 1/2006.

Topics: Software, CXO, IT Employment

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  • Liability

    I've read that if PC manufacturers go ahead and put this software on their machines, then sell them, they can be held liable by Solid Oak in both the US and China. Why is none of this liability being put on the Chinese government? They are going to offer it as a free download to anyone who wants it and push it onto school PCs and netbar PCs, all of this while knowing the software was lifted from Solid Oak. Isn't this illegal as well?
    barneytheblueheeler
    • Good luck blaming the government for anything.

      LOL, it would take an act of god, the budda, and a
      few other immortal beings to sue the Chinese
      Government.
      unredeemed
  • As if the Chinese government cares

    You do not really think that the Chinese government cares about legality, or about basic concepts like "right" and "wrong", do you? An infamous former US President once said, "If the President does it, it's not illegal". The government of China has a similar attitude.

    The Chinese government, like most governments, cares about power more than anything else. Unlike most Western governments, however, they do not bother to conceal that fact.
    bblackmoor9
  • What do you expect from China?

    Forget about software, this is a country that copies cars, and planes wholesale. The concept of intellectual property does not exist. Whenever we do business with China it doesn't matter what non-disclosure agreements are signed, but we ensure we only get simple and dumb components made there, or risk our IP falling into competitors hands.
    kraterz
  • Breaking news on Green Dam

    http://enews.earthlink.net/article/tec?guid=20090630/4a499bd0_3421_1334520090630696368605
    ejhonda
  • RE: Exclusive: Proof that Green Dam ripped off Solid Oak in 2006

    As Green Dam is based on Solid Oak, this does mean that the Solid Oak is aware of the exact program structure of Green Dam and so should be more able to hack into the program than would otherwise be the case. If the program is unhackable, Solid Oak should be able to write a program that can disable Green Dam, thus wiping out the effectiveness of the program. In Cyberwarfare, only a fool buys/steals weapons from his opponents.
    JohnOfStony