My site received a visit from a Virgin Media customer during which five hits from the U-A: HTTrack appeared hitting my robots, site root and one thumbnail image. It initially appeared as though the user was attempting to download my site or maybe Virgin Media themselves were trying to cache my site but it seems unusual for such a large ISP to use such a tool.
As the user registered on my site gallery I emailed them to ask if they knew anything about the activity and they genuinely seemed clueless as to why HTTrack was used, or even what it was.
Has anyone seen this sort of activity before, specifically from Virgin Media, and is it un/common for an ISP to use a commercial tool such as this?
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