The ones that hitted my servers are 64.68.89.**** - Cable & Wireless.
Google is 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 - also Cable & Wireless.
You're not the only one seeing it. I'm seeing it, too. And a few other people I've talked to today are seeing it, too.
It's not on my list of Google IPs, though. So, I'm not convinced that it is really Google. Maybe someone changed the user agent?
>Maybe someone changed the user agent
I tend to agree. But how did they manage to get the same 64.68.8x.xx ip class? Coincidende / luck?
damn, sorry for being lazy. I've been away from WebmasterWorld for a while ... forgot how to use the search:
- Googlebot/Test 126.96.36.199 [webmasterworld.com] Mar 6, 2004
So is this Google, Inc. or not!?
I think it's more than coincidence. Could really be Googlebot.
I'm looking to see if it ever grabbed the robots.txt file. If it did, then if that's any indication...
>see if it ever grabbed the robots.txt file.
It didn't at my place.
Found something from the horse's mouth:
|I hadn't heard of GoogleBot/Test, but I'll ask about the 406 issue. I wouldn't be surprised to see different Googlebots with slightly different code in some ways--we're always trying new things. ScottM, I'd say it's best to prepare to recognize Googlebot by looking for either the old or the new user agent. |
GoogleGuy msg#: 44 - Mar 7, 2004
So this means ...?
[edited by: Yidaki at 8:32 pm (utc) on Mar. 16, 2004]
We think its Google, as its hitting sites on different servers and the fact that the ip is so close to G's other ip's.
>We think its Google
Hm ... and why? I'm not cloaking ... but ... you think this is a sign that they don't trust me? In clear words, you think i should be concerned?
It's Google. See below:
Looking up 188.8.131.52 at rwhois.exodus.net.
%rwhois V-1.5:001ab7:00 rwhois.exodus.net (Exodus Communications)
network:Street;I:2400 E. Bayshore Pkwy
network:City;I:Mountain View , CA 94043
network:Organization;I:Exodus IDC - SV/SC3
network:Name;I:Exodus IP Address Administrator
network:Street;I:2251 Lawson Lane
>It's Google. See below:
Uhm, yep, obviously ... so does anybody have an idea why they do these crawls?
I'll htaccess UA Googlebot/Test at my sites. Should i 403 them or 302 them to, yahoo ...?!
I will use the robots.txt exclusion standard to disallow .js files and keep a close watch on this issue. I intend to wait for a conclusive guilty verdict before I serve 403's to Googlebot/Test.
See the front page thread on WWW re: google parsing external .js files. Welcome to the future ;)