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Microsoft prototype crawler
new to me

 7:56 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

never seen this one before: - [08:15 04/18/03] - MicrosoftPrototypeCrawler (please report obnoxious behavior to newbiecrawler@hotmail.com)



 8:39 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

Interesting. No mention anywhere else on the web that I could find.
What did it do?

well, andrue, either you made this up or they found some humour in Redmond.


 8:42 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

That's a MS IP, although the e-mail is rather suspect.


 9:01 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

Actually, i think i just found more info about this in the other current topic discussion. i hadnt read that before i posted this.


that has some info about this.

The hit it made to my site was one of my entry pages. it hit that, then wound up getting my cgi file that sends spammer email addresses to non-user UAs. thats all it did this time. didnt grab robots.txt and didnt continue on any links.


 9:59 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

sounds to me like a bot that wants people to email problems to the email address. If the bot behaves badly then it will cause site owners to email. I suspect you will than have your email address confrmed as real and be added to a spam list.

Sort of gathers email addresses off webmsters or site owners. targeted spamm list.


 12:02 am on Apr 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

Wont get mine, but it will get a huge list of spammers i get from my hotmail accounts, along with a few abuse addresses... after that it will be banned from my sites.


 7:26 pm on Apr 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've seen it roaming too. Anyone check with MS to see if it's the real deal? IPs are too easy to spoof these days. However, the crawler didn't act like your typical spam bot.

creative craig

 8:46 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I just found the same, but it said:

MicrosoftProtypeCralwer(Hows my crawling: mailto:newbiecralwer@hotmail.com)


MicrosoftPrototypeCrawler (please report obnoxious behavior to newbiecrawler@hotmail.com)"

On the IP:



 8:50 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

You all might like to look at (and post to) this thread:

It's Official!
MicrosoftPrototypeCrawler is legitimate!

Thanks Craig :)


[edited by: pendanticist at 8:58 pm (utc) on April 30, 2003]

creative craig

 8:54 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Nice work Pen :)



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