| 6:36 pm on Mar 9, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I found an entry in my logs that appears to be log spamming. The referrer and user-agent were from ctechld.com and the referrer was appended with my domain name in capital letters. Notice that the referrer looks bogus--it has subdirectories after an html file.
Originating IP: 18.104.22.168
A whois lookup says that ctechld.com belongs to an outfit called Concert Technologies (concerttechnologies.net) in Long Island, NY.
ctechld.com gives a 302 redirect to 4kissld.com which is registered to Capsule Communications, Inc. (capsulecom.com) in Bensalem, PA., NETBLK-CAPSULE (NET-209-195-236-0-1) 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199
188.8.131.52 has no reverse DNS configured. It is part of a Cloud 9 netblock.
I'll be banning ctechld.com, 4kissld.com, and 184.108.40.206.
| 5:30 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
There are so many log file spammers running now (100+ a day here), that it is futile to even point them out.
| 6:21 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Wow, that many, huh? That answers the question I posed in the related thread [webmasterworld.com].
| 1:27 am on Mar 12, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, I had this one too. The referer looked dubious, so I decided to check it out. As soon as I hit the enter key I knew it was a mistake. Now I feel like a newbie who replied to a firstname.lastname@example.org email. :o
Hopefully log spamming doesn't actually work that way!
| 2:42 am on Mar 12, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Whenever I investigate a spamvertised website, I use the Sam Spade safe web browser interface. That way I don't pass any identifying information such as my IP address to the spammer. In this case, I also removed my domain name that was appended to the spamvertised referrer before I checked it out. If I'm investigating a spamvertised site from an email, I make sure to munge or remove any identifying codes that might be in the URL.
I'd like to see a forum here devoted to outing and identifying log spammers, similar to n.a.n.a.s and n.a.n.a.e for email spam. Maybe a SPEWS or Spamhaus type site would nip this log spamming in the bud before it gets as bad as email spam (if it's not too late).