Msg#: 3686831 posted 6:56 pm on Jun 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
I did a search on this one last night, as well. Came across an interesting article (Google "WebDataCentreBot") that connected the dots between WebDataCentreBot and Midphase: "Midphase.*** is the generic PTR record of a Softlayer reseller... Therefore, firewalling this particular range seems an appropriate solution to me..."
It did the same thing to me, got trapped, and drew attention to itself. Once I saw the cheesy temporary site for it, and its reluctance to share any meaningful information about its purpose, I banned it. No soup for them.
As far as I can see there is no stopping this bot. It doesn't respect robots.txt and comes slinking through like a hungry dog every time you turn around. It will gladly eat 403's for eternity until you firewall them out.