gfxgfx
 
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
gfx gfx
gfx
76506 Posts in 13435 Topics by 2084 Members - Latest Member: MagixMark September 25, 2020, 04:14:08 am
*
gfx*gfx
gfx
WinMX World :: Forum  |  Discussion  |  WinMx World News  |  US Internet Providers Hijacking Users' Search Queries
gfx
gfxgfx
 

Author Topic: US Internet Providers Hijacking Users' Search Queries  (Read 412 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline DaBees-Knees

  • WMW Team
  • *****
US Internet Providers Hijacking Users' Search Queries
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:51:52 am »
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/07/widespread-search-hijacking-in-the-us

Quote
Searches made by millions of internet users are being hijacked and redirected by some internet service providers in the US. Patents filed by Paxfire, the company involved in the hijacking, suggest that it may be part of a larger plan to allow ISPs to generate revenue by tracking the sites their customers visit. It may also be illegal.

Reese Richman, a New York law firm that specialises in consumer protection lawsuits, today filed a class action against one of the ISPs and Paxfire, which researchers believe provided the equipment used to hijack and redirect the searches. The suit, filed together with Milberg, another New York firm, alleges that the process violated numerous statutes, including wiretapping laws.

The hijacking seems to target searches for certain well-known brand names only. Users entering the term "apple" into their browser's search bar, for example, would normally get a page of results from their search engine of choice. The ISPs involved in the scheme intercept such requests before they reach a search engine, however. They pass the search to an online marketing company, which directs the user straight to Apple's online retail website.

Which may explain why it can be hard sometimes to get to the search that you want.  :gum:

WinMX World :: Forum  |  Discussion  |  WinMx World News  |  US Internet Providers Hijacking Users' Search Queries
 

gfxgfx
gfx
©2005-2020 WinMXWorld.com. All Rights Reserved.
SMF 2.0.17 | SMF © 2019, Simple Machines | Terms and Policies
Page created in 0.025 seconds with 21 queries.
Helios Multi © Bloc
gfx
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!