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 1:18 am on Aug 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Look what I found while looking up something else:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2; fr-fr; Desire_A8181 Build/FRF91) App3leWebKit/53.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

I am not the first person to find it, judging by the number of search-engine hits even after I convinced g### that it wasn't a typo. But it doesn't seem to have been mentioned here, so let's add it to the list.

Obviously the significant part is
with displaced 3. That's the part that goes in your UA blacklist .

:: pause here for blacklist vs. whitelist argument ::

But what's equally interesting is that every single UA-- spanning the past 6 months, with isolated older examples-- is identical to the full string quoted at the beginning. Could swear I once read an SF story on this theme. Or was it a comic book?


[edited by: Ocean10000 at 10:34 pm (utc) on Aug 10, 2013]
[edit reason] Fixed Typo - upon Request [/edit]



 7:56 am on Aug 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

What ever you do, don't fall asleep!


 8:07 pm on Aug 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Lucy. An odd one!


 8:18 am on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hit us 622 times in the past 30 days, detailed headers passed for something legit. But upon searching for this UA in our logs I find nothing but crawling activity, no legit users. Good catch.


 10:58 am on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

I was hit 48 times yesterday with this UA from 3 different subnets. Most of the requests were 404.

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