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MsnBot failing DNS lookup

IP address is registered to Microsoft Corp



7:58 am on Dec 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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finally we've managed to set up a reverse forward look up on our server,

I've had many visit from this ip range 65.55.234.* which fails on the first hurdle which is to match the DNS this is what i'm getting:

Resolve Host: bl1sch2042001.phx.gbl

so is this a legit Bot and if so is any one else seeing this is from MSN ip range. -

They give us a formula and then change the goal posts ;)



8:12 am on Dec 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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They're running rogue bots that emulate browsers (aka user agent spoofing), and that don't honor robots.txt or <meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow">.

Ostensibly, the purpose is to detect cloaking, but that bot of theirs doesn't have proper etiquette or good manners.

This thread might be of interest:


[edited by: Marcia at 8:16 am (utc) on Dec. 19, 2007]


7:17 am on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Marcia,

good to know they might fix it,



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