To steal a web page and submit it to search engines under a different address. Users who run a search and attempt to access the page are then routed to another—usually pornographic—site.
The scheme involved the cloning of legitimate Web pages, including such sites as Audi, Paine Webber and the Japanese Friendship Gardens. When computer users tried to reach those sites using the Alta Vista search engine, which indexes the Web, they were, in the new cyberspace parlance of investigators, "page-jacked" to a tawdry site run by the Australian company.
—Stephen Labaton, "Net sites co-opted by pornographers," The New York Times, September 23, 1999
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and US Federal Trade Commission are investigating the Web scheme, which “page-jacked” users attempting to click on to innocent sites and sent them to erotica pages. Once there, they were trapped.
—“Porn trap Internet scheme disabled,” The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), September 24, 1999
The United States and Australia Wednesday announced raids and a crackdown on people who moved Web users from the sites they wanted to pornographic sites—and would not let them leave.
The Federal Trade Commission in Washington characterized the scheme as the 'page-jacking' of as many as 25 million of the roughly 1 billion pages on the World Wide Web.
—"New Web Hazard: Page-Jacking," Reuters, September 22, 1999