Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday August 08, 2011

US Internet Providers Hijacking Users' Search Queries

According to this article, almost a dozen ISPs have been accused of hijacking search traffic in the United States. What makes this case even more bizarre is the fact that the hijacking only targets searches for certain well-known brand names.

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.