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TurnitinBot/2.0 is this bot harmfull

is this bot can help me any way... or it is useless

     
3:12 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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TurnitinBot/2.0 [turnitin.com...]
is thisbotis harmfull ... is this bot can help me any way... or it is useless... please help me out
3:25 pm on July 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The bot exists to gather information for their service, a service sold to school instructors to aid them in detecting plagiarism by their students.
5:32 pm on July 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Other info I see on it states that it tries to exploit webserver vulnerabilities. Do a search on it (TurnitinBot).

5:41 am on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks... for the reply ...
SO it is Not really a search engine, but. turnitinbot/1.4. .is an User Agent: TurnitinBot/1.4
[turnitin.com...] IP: 64.140.48.25...
not much use full taking unnecessary bandwidth.
thanks again
-sujit
9:38 pm on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well it might catch students who are trying to pass your work of as their own.
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As an educator myself, at first I was theoretically supportive of TurnitinBot until it came by my site. It requested robots.txt and then proceeded to ignore disallowed list.

Upon further investigation at their site, I found cached copies of my heavy content webpages. The very same pages I don't want copied - LOL

Yes, they sell their service, but so far they haven't offered me my cut.

I emailed them demanding they remove my property from their DB but never received a reply. I now ban them by UA.

12:11 pm on July 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are all of you showing the bot's IP is 64.140.48.25? I want to go ahead and block it now.
6:52 pm on July 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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These are the IP Addresses I have on file for this bot:

64.140.49.66
64.140.49.68
64.140.49.69
204.9.204.203

9:35 am on July 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. :)

You don't have 64.140.48.25 listed?

3:27 pm on July 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nope. But that doesn't mean anything really. Perhaps it uses different IP blocks to crawl different geographic regions. My servers are located in Virginia and Texas in the USA.