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Strange hits from Trakken.corp.google

I'm assuming they're related to AdSense, but...

   
8:11 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have gotten several hits today from Google with the referrer listed as:

trakken.corp.google.com/cgi-bin/box_bm_body.py?mode=browse&boxid=442&mode=browse&cur=3761096&idx_cur=0&split=h&filter=myunassigned&sort=date&sort_dir=&from_search=

The URL they're attempting to hit is:

mysite.com/about/mysite/ads.htm)

This is, indeed, a real page that discusses why I have ads on my site (with no incenting!) -- EXCEPT for the ending parenthesis. So the person (or whatever automated process is doing this) keeps getting a 404.

I'm wondering two things:
1) Whether I should do a rewrite to forward hits from the erroneous URL to the correct one.
2) What's going on.

Any insight?

8:19 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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[webmasterworld.com...]

might help you

10:00 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I did read that, indeed, but...

- it doesn't help me understand WHY they're looking at my site (I've been an AdSense publisher for months now)
- it doesn't explain why they are repeatedly hitting a valid URL with a parenthesis tacked on
- it doesn't suggest to me what I should do

I'm a bit concerned because my revenues were about 30% higher than usual yesterday and my CTR was more than double the usual value, so I'm worried that they may suspect fraud. :¦