|another for the profilers|
| 10:09 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Nothing special about the IP: 177.134.201.nn Brazilian range that I haven't met before. Don't get much traffic from Brazil, whether robotic or human.
Nothing special about the UA: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0
It only jumped out at me because it racked up a solid string of 404s-- or rather three sets of equal size, all on the same calendar day:
07:34:51 ... /Disclaimer.aspx
07:34:52 ... /m-paco-rabanne-parfum-118,autres-2788.html
07:34:52 ... /g-promotions-2,task-essential-416.html
07:34:52 ... /p-1-million-vaporisateur-200-ml-paco-rabanne-parfum-2216-68.html
07:34:52 ... /g-promotions-2,10-a-20-1799.html
07:34:52 ... /g-promotions-2,70-et-plus-1805.html
07:34:52 ... /p-ultrared-man-vaporisateur-50-ml-paco-rabanne-parfum-2243-68.html
07:34:53 ... /blog
12:58:45 ... /letrat.htm
12:58:45 ... /peignoir-personnalise.html
12:58:45 ... /activiteiten
12:58:46 ... /m-paco-rabanne-parfum-118,non-1779.html
12:58:46 ... /frais-de-port.html
12:58:46 ... /g-promotions-2,vitaman-424.html
12:58:46 ... /g-nouveautes-1,lancaster-3667.html
12:58:46 ... /scheidsrechters
13:48:49 ... /p-xs-pour-homme-vaporisateur--100-ml-paco-rabanne-parfum-2233-68.html
13:48:49 ... /g-promotions-2,40-a-50-1802.html
13:48:49 ... /letrao.htm
13:48:50 ... /Competitie
13:48:50 ... /letrap.htm
13:48:50 ... /p-deodorant-stick-ultraviolet-man-75-ml-paco-rabanne-parfum-2249-8.html
13:48:50 ... /provincies
13:48:50 ... /beker-van-vlaanderen
Isn't that weird? "Disclaimer.aspx" and "blog" are the kinds of things you would expect a robot to ask for. The ones that use the shotgun method, coming in with a long list of possible vulnerabilities.
The "letrat, letrap, letrao" otoh makes me wonder if it will be back next week to ask for letra[a-nqrsu-z].
That leaves 19 pages that could perfectly well exist-- on some site in Belgium. They're hardly generic names. But it isn't referer spam, because there wasn't one.
What on earth do you suppose they were looking for?
| 10:39 pm on Oct 9, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Maybe your site was the target of an SEO hacking and spam bot that got a false positive and the bot came back to see if any of it actually stuck.
OK, now that we've had that no-so-far-fetched theory, perhaps it was simply a bug in a crappy crawler penned in kiddie script that associated the wrong domain name with the wrong pages.
| 7:25 am on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|a crappy crawler penned in kiddie script that associated the wrong domain name with the wrong pages |
You may have thought you were kidding but I caved in and looked up some names.
The site exists. In France, darn it, not Belgium. But is name is exactly the same as mine, except that the first letter is different, and the second letter is different, and it's got a different number of syllables, and the overall length (exclusive of www. and .com) is different. Oh, and every single digit of the server IP is a mismatch. So it's a mistake any robot could have made ;)
If they watch their logs as closely as I do, someone in the men's toiletries business is going to be very baffled at getting requests for pages apparently written in Atahualpa.
Wonder what they were looking for? Online credit-card loopholes?
| 7:56 am on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|You may have thought you were kidding but I caved in and looked up some names. |
Nope. I was deadly serious. I never kid... about crappy code. It simply looked like a mismatched domain and pages. Hope that's really all it is too because figuring it out otherwise could put gray stubble on my bald head.
| 12:46 am on Oct 11, 2012 (gmt 0)|
And the punchline is...
I, on the other hand, really was kidding about the "letra[a-nqrsu-z]". But in approved Sesame Street fashion, they have since returned for l, y and g. 6 down, 20 to go. Oh, and they picked up a fresh copy of robots.txt. (I snooped. They do not appear to have visited any disallowed directories.)
Wait, it gets better. After a break, they changed IPs-- keeping the same UA-- and did two more sets of eight. You won't fully appreciate this unless you have snooped:
And, when next seen:
Whew. Guess the script got sorted out :)