Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
Friday, September 24, 1999 Published at 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
US acts against 'page-jack' fraud You want to play children's games on the Internet - you see porn. You try to check the legal situation on this - porn again. You have been "page-jacked".
It is an emerging form of Internet fraud and now the United States has started legal action against its perpetrators.
The Federal Trade Commission has secured a preliminary injunction to restrain people from "page-jacking", a practice whereby Internet users are diverted from material they want to view to other pages from which they can hardly escape without rebooting their computers.
New browser windows with porn content pop up faster than they can be closed down, and as many people do not know how else to close down their Internet browser application, their computer is taken over by the page-jackers.
The owners of Websites that the users are diverted to are then able to earn more money from advertising.
"Pagejacking" is done by the cloning of legitimate Web pages with the invisible metatags that are used to index them for the search engines.