Msg#: 4522779 posted 6:40 am on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
This bot is a very serious issue if you run an ecommerce site.
QippoBot/1.4+(+http://www.qippo.com/bot/) so far only seen on ip 126.96.36.199
I'd reported it before but until tonight I did not realize what it was actually doing... because this time it sent a referrer of another website.
The referrer was two different competitors of ours... when their pages load, this bot goes out and snags images from our site and loads them not in a hot link, but snags the image then displays it in an app of sorts.
They both use a service to provide product information to them in a data feed and I feel sure that this provider has set this up with a bot. They just get to sit back and rake in the sales without all the legwork of getting actual product images.
I'm trying to decide just what photos to serve them.... Thinking very evil thoughts. Serve them up our logo then do a DMCA report on it, or something vile.
Msg#: 4522779 posted 8:27 am on Dec 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
Our images are numbers and letter combos and the only way these particular ones can be had is if they were being pulled by the google shopping api. ... their own little sitemap of fodder.
The fact is that this data provider build a module to snag their missing images from what others had put in the feed. Logs don't lie.
Qippo, dude you can defend it all you want. Logs don't lie. FYI, I never signed up to be on your site.
My ISP found enough evidence to warrant blocking your "bot" from all their servers and it never asked for robots.txt either.
So you can hide out behind your Domains By Proxy and Wild West Domains, but you wont get more of my data.
You're obviously providing a service to a data provider which I'm not going to name publicly at this time, but have spoken to them on the phone regarding this matter and within 30 minutes the referrers werent showing up in the logs..... oh they were still snagging images though.
And after my last email with you the "bot" stopped showing qippobot as the user agent.
Coincidence.... umm..... I'm not that stuipd... really
It's almost as simple as doing a tracert and a ping, ya know... open a command prompt and just type it in.
tracert 188.8.131.52 <--- image serving bot address. resolves to: static.184.108.40.206.clients.your-server.de
tracert qippo.com Tracing route to qippo.com [220.127.116.11] resolves to: static.18.104.22.168.clients.your-server.de [22.214.171.124]
ONE NUMBER OFF. 126.96.36.199 = 188.8.131.52
Care to revise your statement?
And to think... you claimed it wasn't your ip address in your PM to me.... I already knew that it was.... the other party claimed it wasn't them.. that it was a virus on someones machine.... I about fell out laughing on that one.
See they had to keep their noses clean since they host and provide data and images to hundreds of industry related websites on their servers and related servers.
The only question is.... how much were they paying you for the images?
Ya know, you should be ashamed. I have carpal tunnel from doing all those images.
tracert qippo.com Tracing route to qippo.com [184.108.40.206] static.220.127.116.11.clients.your-server.de [176.9 .31.71]
QIPPO, you claimed that 18.104.22.168 was not your ip. Your right, it's not the ip of your domain name, it's the ip of your bot.
the image serving bot is one number off from your main domain ip address. Would you care to revise your statement.
qippo has been pulling images directly from the Google Shopping API. My real problem is that they've provided this information to secondary data provider in my industry, making my images available to them directly and on the fly. That's what I have a problem with. I also have a problem with the parties involved not being honest about any of it..one telling me it was some virus infected computer. LOL
Here's the thing. The party that fesses up first gets off the hook, the rest will see a court date.