Internet “Pagejacker” Settles FTC Charges (Apr 2001)

September, 2002


Australian defendant, Gregory Lasrado, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that a scheme that hijacked unwitting Internet surfers violated the FTC Act. Lasrado participated in a scam that copied existing websites and inserted coded instructions in the copycat sites which automatically redirected consumers to adult sites operated by the defendants. Then the scammers disabled the browser’s “back” and “exit” commands so that Internet surfers trying to escape the pornographic images faced screen after screen of similar material and advertisements for other adult sites.