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Deciphering keywords from refer(r)ers

when everything is hex



4:27 am on Jun 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I got this as a referrer:

http:*//search.aol.com/redirect.adp?appname=QBP& query=%fd%8f%58%de%95%9b%21%0a%38%aa%ed%1d%22%ee%c9%29%22%31%29%f7%3a%17%..blah blah blah

on one of my sites.

I use a custom perl script to report referrers and keywords from SEs. I can't do it with this. If it can't be interpreted the script leaves it alone (and really screws up my graphs)

These are obviously to me all hex numbers, however, many lie above %7f, and some below %20 (control chars).

Can anybody point me in the right direction as to how to interpret this string?

[Edited because I didn't realize that this redirected to a site.]


5:56 am on Jun 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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You need to find a Hex-Ascii chart Bob.

There are many sites that are starting to use that type of encoded url string.


11:22 am on Jun 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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:) I'm a walking Hex to ASCII converter!

I already converted it, it seems encrypted however. Anybody know how to decode it?


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