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A few thoughts raced through my head for a while... Was this a surprise mid month crawl? Was it someone from Google checking out my site?
Then looked at the ip address a little closer... It looked a little unusual for Google. Checked it out a little more thoroughly, and it turned out to be a dial-up ip of some isp.
Someone's obviously having a laugh going round scaring paranoid webmasters with a fake user agent set in their browser! ;)
I block, ban, and cloak (for security purposes) quite successfully using combinations of IP addresses, user-agents, and other request-based variables. I also set up traps to catch vaguely-reported troublemakers and gather more information about them. But I can't even set up a trap with a 2xx.xxx.xxx.xxx address - That's a rather broad range. :(
<agent =~ "^googlebot.*$">
skip if (ip =~ "^216\.239\.(3[2-9]¦[4-5][0-9]¦6[0-3])\..*$¦^64\.68\.8[0-7]\..*$");
<!-- insert optional spamming and misleading info here -->
Thanks! Just wanted to know in case this got more widespread...
Cool idea! - I'm sure I would find visiting your site with a fake UA interesting and amusing, too. I'm more interested in the technology angle - I don't take any of this stuff TOO seriously. :)
Hmmm... Now what's a "CHTML proxy"? I've seen their WAP proxy for wireless devices, but not CHTML.