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MSN Bot Spoofing UA as Browser



3:04 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Spotted today:

UA: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4325; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET CLR 3.5.30707; InfoPath.2)

IP resolves to:
United States Redmond Microsoft Corp
Host: msnbot-207-46-199-29.search.msn.com

Mainly to detect cloaking, I suppose.

Anybody with more info on this?


8:39 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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There is a whole thread about it here [webmasterworld.com...]


3:19 am on Sep 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for pointing this out, Dijkgraaf.

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