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I run a very new flash games website (own games). I only have 3 games at the moment, but my traffic had been increasing steadily to about 1000 visitors a day for the last couple of days. A few hours ago, I only had about 400 visitors for today, but now i'm at almost 4000 - without any content updates in the last week...
I do have links from a few other sites, but my referer stats don't show anything that could explain this.
Do I have to worry that my site is under attack, or do these things happen?
you can get robots.txt disallow sytax from here:
If that doesn't work try blocking that IP in Apache or whatever you are using to serve up your pages.
It may be that some bot that is looking for web vulnerablities has been let loose on your site. You get any 404 not founds for URL that look like this?
These are just a few of bot attempts looking for PHP security holes. There are a few that will try to run an admin script on awstats as well which I notice you have.
I deal with about 10,000 of these hits a month. I just block their IPs. It is usually an infected box doing someone else's bidding.
Also you can look for 'put' requests or 'lock' or 'head' these all all webdav type calls trying to update content of the page.
Most of the 404 requests are things I recognize - typos I did when adding new features to the site. Nothing suspicious there.
I don't really know the ip of the bot. I noticed another weird thing, in my country list, I have a lot of hits with an "Unknown" country.
But I read this in awstats : "Robots shown here gave hits or traffic 'not viewed' by visitors, so they are not included in other charts."
So I guess the unknown spider-bot shouldn't be causing my traffic increase.
Anyway, I made a ticket at my web hosting company, so I hope they will have a look soon.