|Forum: Search Engine Spider and User Agent Identification|
|Displaying Topics 1 - 40 (53 total) Sorted by: Date-Last-Post, Direction: forward|
|1:|| How important is the Robots.txt file now?|
"Am I missing out on a lot of traffic by not having a robots.txt file? Or is that a thing of the past?"
|Jan 25, 2002|
|2:|| Search Engine and Spider IP Lists|
Nice resource on the major operating spiders.
|June 10, 2002|
|3:|| Mysterious User Agent and 404 Random Strings|
"Altavista and DIIbot use suspicious request methods to test 404 errors."
|June 11, 2002|
|4:|| Bad Boy Bot of the Week|
Pick a bot, any bot: This weeks fun one is an affiliate bot out walking and not respecting robots.txt.
|Dec 6, 2002|
|5:|| Blocking WebPage Monitoring Services|
Most of these services are unwelcome bandwidth sponges. Lets call them out, identify them, and block them together.
|Apr 9, 2003|
What is it?
|Aug 23, 2003|
|7:|| New Fast/Overture Robot UA||Sept 7, 2003|
|8:|| Updated Bot List||Oct 4, 2003|
|9:|| MSN Robot Crawlers Renamed|
WebmasterWorld Exclusive: MSNDude "These are all Microsoft bots that have been around for a while...."
|July 31, 2006|
|10:|| The IRS Bots - Xenon Spiders Web for the Tax Man|
"A five-nation tax enforcement cartel has been quietly cracking down on suspected internet tax cheats, using a sophisticated web crawling program to monitor transactions on auction sites, and track operators of online shops, poker and porn sites."
|Jan 25, 2007|
|11:|| Botnet Pandemic Threatens Core of Internet|
"Up to a quarter of computers on the net may be used by cyber criminals in so-called "botnets", according to Vint Cerf."
|Jan 26, 2007|
|12:|| Honeynet Project to Trap Spider Attackers and Name Names|
"The Web Honeynet Project, an independent group of Honeynet researchers from Securiteam...they plan to name not only the spider attack details, but also to divulge the IP addresses and other tracking information about the attackers themselves."
|Jan 27, 2007|
|13:|| HoneyNet White Paper : Know your Enemy: Web Application Threats|
"Web applications present a very high risk, and an attractive target to attackers for the following reasons: Firstly, the quality of the code is often rather poor and many vulnerabilities of commonly used code are published."
|Feb 27, 2007|
|14:|| Project Honey Pot files $1B+ Lawsuit Against Spammers and Spambots|
"On Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 10:54am in a court in the Eastern District of Virginia, Project Honey Pot filed the largest anti-spam lawsuit ever. Seeking more than $1B in statutory damages, the suit was brought on behalf of our members. It targets a huge swath of spammers. If you've harvested email addresses or sent spam in the last two years, chances are you're on our radar screen and we're coming after you."
|Apr 28, 2007|
|15:|| Secure Sites From Botnet Vulnerability Probes|
"Blocking these 2 things just may buy you some time from when the vulnerability is posted to the time you or your customers get around to installing the fix without being hacked."
|May 11, 2007|
|16:|| Quick primer on identifying bot activity.||Mar 29, 2008|
|17:|| Identifying And Analyzing Hostile & Friendly Bot Activity|
"The following items can be used to identity bots and slow down and stop most unwanted traffic if applied with proper due care."
|Mar 31, 2008|
|18:|| Default User Agents of Programming Libraries and Command Line Tools||Apr 13, 2008|
|19:|| Yahoo! Slurp 3.0 Released on New IPs|
"The new Yahoo! Slurp 3.0 recognizes the same user-agent and all robots.txt directives for 'Yahoo! Slurp,' though it'll identify itself as Slurp 3.0 in your web logs."
|Apr 15, 2008|
|20:|| AVG Toolbar Glitch May Be Causing Visitor Loss|
"Web sites with tight security are turning away AVG visitors with security toolbar broadcasting malformed HTTP headers and user agent strings."
|May 10, 2008|
|21:|| AVG - Valid Security Tool or Malware - Part Two|
AVG anti virus latest update includes a pre-fetch link scanner tool that some are viewing as malware itself.
|June 14, 2008|
|22:|| Another Phorm Type Ad System Discovered?|
|June 20, 2008|
|23:|| AVG Stops Real-Time Scanning||July 7, 2008|
|24:|| New Wave of SQL Injection Vulnerability Probes||Aug 29, 2008|
|25:|| Bot-Blocking Methodology|
"WebmasterWorld Members discuss various bot-blocking methodologies."
|Dec 13, 2008|
|26:|| Microsoft Disables Live Search "Fake Referrers"|
"(Microsoft) are working on a fix for this."
|Apr 30, 2009|
|27:|| Microsoft Launches Azure, an AWS Competitor||July 15, 2009|
|28:|| MJ12bot Implements Ground-Breaking Validation Capability|
"...first distributed spider to provide validation for webmasters."
|Sept 3, 2009|
|29:|| Digsby IM Enables Web Crawlers Control of Your PC & Bandwidth|
Did Digsby just go darkside?
|Sept 8, 2009|
|30:|| IP Banning Primer|
"I won't ask why you want to block IPs. But supposing you do, here's how to do it."
|Sept 21, 2009|
|31:|| Comcast Launches Anti-Botnet Initiative "Constant Guard"|
"Comcast is taking a leadership role and making a huge step forward in the eradication of botnets."
|Oct 12, 2009|
|32:|| Updating The htaccess Bot Ban list|
"I'm sure most of us are familiar with the classic .httacces bad bot ban list for .htaccess that gets copied and pasted wholesale from web developer forum to forum (e.g.: http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum13/687.htm )"
|Dec 29, 2009|
|33:|| Facebook Sues Data Scraper|
"Warden gathered that data from public profiles using "crawling" software similar to what's commonly available on the Web..."
|Apr 4, 2010|
|34:|| The Staggering Number of Tweet Chasing Bots|
Up to 20 bots now following twitter fire hose feed.
|May 8, 2010|
|35:|| MSNbot Changing to Bingbot on Oct.1, 2010|
"we will drop the beta designation from the Bing crawler and change the name of the crawler to reflect Microsoft's new brand for search."
|June 29, 2010|
|36:|| Casper Bot Search Attempting To Infect Sites|
"Seen quite a few of these over the past few days, generally in groups of half a dozen-ish."
|July 7, 2010|
|37:|| Fresh IP's in MSN's Many Cloaked Bot Arsenal|
"No UA, no robots.txt, no REF, no nothing. Not once. Not twice. Not even three times. Try eleven."
|Sept 3, 2010|
|38:|| Now Seeing Bingbot|
"Bingbot is now in the wild."
|Sept 29, 2010|
|39:|| Google's Web Preview Spider|
"WebmasterWorld Members discuss the Web Preview Spider, whether it obeys robots.txt, and how to block it."
|Nov 19, 2010|
|40:|| Stopping Scrapers From The Start|
"I'm putting a *huge* number of pages of content online. I'm looking to stop the scraping/copying/bots from the outset and I need bandwidth kept to a minimum."
|Feb 25, 2011|