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InfoMinder bot still active
monitors competition, complaints, any page or site
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msg:407877
 2:46 pm on Oct 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

April 2003 was one thread on monitoring bots, it was
[webmasterworld.com...]

Found in personal site log was
64.62.178.178 - - [06/Oct/2004:14:09:48 -0700] "GET /genetic1.html HTTP/1.1" 200 12775 "-" "InfoMinder (V1.5 Win32)"

IP lookup showed owner iMorph, Inc, Palo Alto, CA
Searching net showed domain imorph.com and looking at their products page briefly, their bot (program) is intended to be used to monitor pages or sites and can utilize keywords, look for changes, etc, one purpose mentioned was to watch the competition, bids, etc [ use by individuals? companies? ]

My site is personal with many controversial sections, against redevelopment in our rural/country setting, few complaints about poor service or bad companies, food and health issues or risks. Here they looked at a page against genetic engineering of food complaint - info page [could our mass food production be killing us or be the cause of cancers or HIV].

Alike the thread, if someone wants to find something on my site or to monitor something then let them do it by hand with a browser, not automation (which could also harvest a page). Other negative reasons against such bots include possible subsequent attempts at censorship.

Blocked this bot both by UA and by CIDR range on that IP
NetRange: 64.62.178.176 - 64.62.178.183
CIDR: 64.62.178.176/29

Hey, Jim (jdMorgan) -- I liked your idea about a random page based on date/time that would give a new page every millisecond! Would love to have your talents and skills! Got some more of that Evil Coffee? ;-)

 

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