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msg:4404582
 8:03 pm on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Here's a bare (no rDNS) IP with an interesting history of UA fakery, below:

63.232.227.10
(a.k.a. Vocus Inc.)

10:32:10 /
11:11:06 /

robots.txt? NO
UA? NO

-----
Courtesy of [projecthoneypot.org...]

63.232.227.10's User Agent Strings

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp;http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/slurp)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; aggregator VocusBot 0.4; +http://www.vocus.com/vnhs.html)
-----
(Aside: That Yahoo UA is also malformed; no space after second semi-colon.)

Related: "PRWEB Sold to Vocus for $28 Million" (2006) [webmasterworld.com...]

 

dstiles




msg:4404651
 11:17 pm on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Odd, that. If I'd had any slurp hits from a non-yahoo IP I would have logged and blocked it, but I have nothing in the 63.232/16 range at all. It's possible the other UA got through but I suspect other fields would have trapped that as well.

I've added the IP plus the words aggregator, VocusBot and the .com to my blocklist. Thanks.

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