incrediBILL - 7:02 pm on Jan 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
All this shared hosting / cloud hosting issues is exactly why I have my own dedicated servers. I control the environment so stuff like this is never an issue.
Back to the topic of "the latest impenetrable disguise" and I highly encourage a cloud hosting thread somewhere, probably the PHP forum would be best, as this sounds like some serious stuff that could really mess with sites, esp. bot blocking.
FWIW, as a side note, you can never rely on hosts not to mess with their servers, I used to be a host, an was the author of a major ecom package way back, I know all about it unfortunately. For instance, if we (host) got a new control panel update (Plesk/CPanel/etc.) and rolled it out it could break stuff. Likewise, some hosts changed the way the security on the server worked and all the user / group permissions changed and BANG! thousands of ecom customers wouldn't run the next morning.