| 9:22 pm on Jan 21, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It was probably someone surfing around looking for UA cloaking...
| 10:58 pm on Jan 21, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It's quite easy to spoof the user agent with Mozilla.
| 11:31 pm on Jan 21, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Just as an aside 216.239.* is supposed to be google's "fresh" bot, but obviously if you have traced it to a dialup then this one could be ruled out - just felt I should point that not all 2XX.* traffic claiming to be googlebot was going to be fake.
| 11:36 pm on Jan 21, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I'd appreciate it if you would post the IP address - at least the first three digit groupings. As Dreamquick points out, you might save the casual reader from banning the real googlebot.
| 11:41 pm on Jan 21, 2003 (gmt 0)|
jdMorgan, if you're afraid of the risk of banning the real G'bot, then don't do IP banning.
| 12:26 am on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I block, ban, and cloak (for security purposes) quite successfully using combinations of IP addresses, user-agents, and other request-based variables. I also set up traps to catch vaguely-reported troublemakers and gather more information about them. But I can't even set up a trap with a 2xx.xxx.xxx.xxx address - That's a rather broad range. :(
| 2:23 am on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I set mozilla to mimic googlebot once in a while when I check on my competitors. As fiestagirl says, it's probably just someone doing the same - if you're not doing anything funky, I'd just ignore it. Oh, and have a go yourself - you might uncover some cheesy seo.
| 3:16 am on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I've used wannabrowser several times to do just that... Sometimes it's quite amusing... Almost as funny as the "expert" SEO company that wanted to pay to add an invisible link to carfac's site [webmasterworld.com]. :)
| 3:21 am on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Saw a similar hit today from a "Google CHTML Proxy" although it did have what seemed to be part of their block.. 216.239.39.x ..oh and UP.Browser was part of the line
| 4:03 am on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
On my sites, I monitor visits from IP addresses using major search engine spider user-agents. In some cases, you're likely to find the cloaked spam you were looking for. The only problem is, I only spam cloaked agents and reporting your findings to the search engines will only make you look dumb. On top of that, your IP has been tagged as a potential competitor and subsequent visits from that IP will be recorded and closely monitored.
|<agent =~ "^googlebot.*$"> |
skip if (ip =~ "^216\.239\.(3[2-9]¦[4-5][0-9]¦6[0-3])\..*$¦^64\.68\.8[0-7]\..*$");
<!-- insert optional spamming and misleading info here -->
| 9:53 am on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
|I'd appreciate it if you would post the IP address - at least the first three digit groupings. |
Looks like an ISP in Portugal
| 5:46 pm on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Thanks! Just wanted to know in case this got more widespread...
Cool idea! - I'm sure I would find visiting your site with a fake UA interesting and amusing, too. I'm more interested in the technology angle - I don't take any of this stuff TOO seriously. :)
Hmmm... Now what's a "CHTML proxy"? I've seen their WAP proxy for wireless devices, but not CHTML.
| 6:35 pm on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
jd Morgan, it's a google imode proxy. Read more about Google's CHTML proxy [appelsiini.net].
| 6:43 pm on Jan 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|