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The other strange thing is that except for two isolated requests of my default page, they are all hits for one particular page deep in my site; 5 times on separate days over a 12-day period. They didn't request any of the page's graphics. There is no referer.
The IPs are all from various ISPs in the US and Canada. The latest, which appeared once, is a Spanish telephone company
There's one IP with the the random string UA -- the last appearance, in fact, on April 17th -- that had appeared back in February using MSIE 5.01 and looking for our old publications page, and getting served instead our new one (which my server does automatically) -- yet again, they didn't request any of the page's graphics, yet did request the page's .js file.
Has anybody seen this and know what it is?
"Altavista and DIIbot use suspicious request methods to test 404 errors. These robots, and perhaps others, probably use this method in order to figure out what a server's 404 response is (a kind of "profile"), and assumes that it's the same for all 404 pages.
Altavista only started doing it this year (2002). They request the page: /kjhgdkjhf1goifj2lktjelj34knfhjguih8bbj/index.htm.
However, these requests are completely innocuous to Apache, and probably do not need to be blocked. "
As for the random user agent strings I first wrote of, my best guess is that it is either part of a research project or some kind of privacy software. It's not a bandwidth problem at all, just a curious phenomenon.
The IP Address that this requests were coming from in my case
18.104.22.168 - sympatico.ca
22.214.171.124 - pacbell.net
126.96.36.199 - pacbell.net
188.8.131.52 - rr.com
184.108.40.206 - rr.com
220.127.116.11 - WIBAND.COM
18.104.22.168 - rr.com
22.214.171.124 - Rogers.com
126.96.36.199 - attbi.com
188.8.131.52 - cox.net
They seem to be coming from different ISPíS. My opinion is that they are spambots, trying to get email addresses?
Iím almost positive that they are related to Dsurfx and the other user agents. Can anyone else spot a relation in their logs between these?