grandma_genie - 2:44 am on Apr 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
I've blocked all the amazonaws IP ranges that I know of. I review my server logs daily and have done so since my site was hacked about two years ago. (That's when I started reading the logs. I didn't know what a log was before then.) My site has been online for about 10 years. My site is hosted by a typical hosting company. I have banned some hosting companies, like The Planet and others that have showed up in the logs trying to gain access to the admin section, using htaccess. But for the last two weeks, I have been inundated by a slew of IPs trying to gain access to the admin. I've taken a variety of steps to stop hack attempts. Those work quite well. But the content scraping is another story. Today was the first time I saw the same referer (asian) initiating a large number (25 to 50) different IPs, all with a variety of user agents. Each one grabbed a different directory. This went on all day today. The only thing I could block was the referer. But that didn't stop them from downloading each directory, one by one. I have a large site with lots of original content and photos. As with all sites, stolen content is happening all the time. This is the first time they grabbed the whole site and there wasn't anything I could do to stop them. The IPs are not bots. They are from Comcast, Road Runner, Qwest, and other phone line owners. That is why I think they are zombie computers. Just regular folks whose computers have been compromised. How do you stop that? I can't find the stolen content on any particular site, so how do you complain? I'll find snippets here and there, usually on those horrible junk sites leading to nowhere. Nobody would go to all the trouble of grabbing my content unless it was lucrative. These are not teenage hackers. The referer site is a foreign p*rn site. If they are not doing it for money, then it is just plain harassment. The referer is involved with the products I sell. What they do with them is, in my opinion, hideously evil.