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January 2007 Online Archives

Wed Jan 24, 2007

Stealth Tactics by Microsoft

Late Monday evening my website was barraged by a series of anonymous probes (no User Agent string) requesting an assortment of pages. This went on for nearly two hours, then stopped as suddenly as it had begun. The requests were from two IP address blocks, 131.107.0.xx and 207.46.89.xx. Since I consider this to be highly suspicious activity, I investigated. I was shocked to discover that both of these IP address blocks are assigned to Microsoft Corporation. More ....

Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jan 24, 07 | 3:45 pm | Profile

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Sat Jan 20, 2007

Bot Watch - An Annoying Little Bot

OK, time for a less serious look at the serious subject of "bad bots". The bot named "bot" is, simply put, an annoying little bot! This crawler comes in two flavors. The first, identifying itself simply as bot/1.0, appeared on our main Business Center page beginning 5 May 2006 from IP 202.96.51.151, which belongs to — surprise, surprise — Microsoft (China) Co. Ltd. Never saw that one coming! Who would suspect that a crawler displaying no identification emanating from Beijing, China, would belong to Microsoft? (Well, on second thought ....) Haven't seen this bot in several months, though. More ....

Posted by: The Spidermaster on Jan 20, 07 | 1:30 am | Profile

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