Google is under-attack from "dark forces" looking to dirty its name and persuade regulators to slow the company down.
According to The Telegraph, the EU decided to conduct an investigation into Google's alleged preference towards its own services and partners last week, with the Brussels-based group Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) lobbying hard to bring about this decision.
ICOMP is almost entirely funded by Google's most prominent rival Microsoft, which not only guarantees the organisation's debt, but also hand-picks its directors.
The organisation's main aim is to agitate the media and regulators against Google in order to dirty its name and force anti-trusts investigations on it.
The Telegraph reports that ICOMP is encouraging Microsoft supporters to attack Google at every opportunity. Earlier this year Microsoft-owned Ciao.com and ICOMP member Foundem both launched complaints against the search giant to the EU.
However, the tactics adopted by Microsoft are nothing new as the Wall Street Journal and The Observer already reported the existence of this group and several others like this back in 2007.