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network cuts off googlebots requests



4:26 pm on Sep 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I noticed that ANY http request to my server, with a phrase "googlebot" in its useragent string, is getting blocked on the network level (it's not getting logged by Apache, so it's not a matter of .htaccess nor robots.txt misconfiguration).

And that happens only to successful "200" connections ("404" not found and "301" redirects are working fine).

When I run:
netstat -nat |grep my.ip.here
the connection is only in TIME_WAIT state and then gone.

I flushed firewall and it didn't help much.

Other domains on the server are working fine...

That's really bizarre.

Do you have an idea what's causing it?

I think the server might have been compromised by a malicious hacker who wanted to cut off googlebot.. does anyone know how to fix it?

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