joined:July 26, 2006
This bot is a very serious issue if you run an ecommerce site.
so far only seen on ip 220.127.116.11
I'd reported it before but until tonight I did not realize what it was actually doing... because this time it sent a referrer of another website.
The referrer was two different competitors of ours... when their pages load, this bot goes out and snags images from our site and loads them not in a hot link, but snags the image then displays it in an app of sorts.
They both use a service to provide product information to them in a data feed and I feel sure that this provider has set this up with a bot. They just get to sit back and rake in the sales without all the legwork of getting actual product images.
I'm trying to decide just what photos to serve them....
Thinking very evil thoughts. Serve them up our logo then do a DMCA report on it, or something vile.