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Cloaking to a 404
Is it easy enough to do
cabbie

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Msg#: 482 posted 7:28 pm on Jul 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

One for the blackhats.
I am toying with cloaking a site so when surfers look for it, it becomes a 404 and when google looks for it they get the real site.
Is this easy enough done and are there any pitfalls about from the ethical ones?
Cheers

 

hakre

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Msg#: 482 posted 5:25 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

yo cabbie,

take google on a trip to lead the users into a 404 error? it's not an ethical thing at all - just a question of use, isn't it?

or do you want to save bandwidth that it's necessary for users to use googles' cache ... ;)?

just asking
- hakre

littleman

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Msg#: 482 posted 5:57 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ethics aside, you have to think about the construction of such a system. Why send the users to a 404? Why not rout them to something more productive/profitable?

If you want to do this the Mort straight forward approach would be to use mod_rewrite and a NPH script. You use mod_rewrite to default all requests to the script and have the script determine to if it should feed content or through up a 404.

cabbie

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Msg#: 482 posted 8:05 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hakre - I am toying around with trying to hide a link to another site.Not ethical but maybe more ethical than if I didn't hide the link.te he.
I will probably disallow caching as well, shame shame!

Thanks Littleman.I'd probably prefer a 404 so people just thinks the sites down.I would only be using the site for a link to another.
Anyway seeing I know nothing about mod_rewrite I am abandoning the black path and am straightening my ways.:)
Thanks for the response
Cheers

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