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One for the UA profilers

   
8:10 am on Jan 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Apache-HttpClient/UNAVAILABLE+(java+1.4)

the java got them blocked.... very imaginative with the UNAVAILABLE tag there... LOL
10:24 pm on Jan 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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httpclient also gets blocked here and there are other traps the UA would have fallen into if they failed. :)
11:33 pm on Jan 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I like UNAVAILABLE. It suggests that they were using an off-the-rack program to generate their robot's name, and the function they needed was unavailable so that's what got plugged into Slot B of the name :)

I'm narrower on java. It has to be Java/ like that. Probably because I accidentally locked out the wrong person.

Apache-HttpClient really? Quick detour to raw logs reveals a solid block of them from early July to early September last year, with a scant handful earlier. Maybe they sold their robots to a poorer country.

:: closer inspection of some random dates ::

Oh, will you look at that.

98.139.243.64 - - [07/Sep/2012:02:23:46 -0700] "GET /paintings/sparerats/blowups/largepinkriver.jpg HTTP/1.1" 403 1423 "-" "Apache-HttpClient/4.1 (java 1.5)"

Apparently once a day for two solid months, and I never noticed because they were already blocked by IP.

:: further shuffling of papers ::

Oh. Yahoo Cache System. Imagine that. Wonder how they got fixated on this file? It's so obscure, it doesn't even have a page to go with it, just a click-for-blowup link.
5:01 am on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Apache-HttpClient really? Quick detour to raw logs reveals a solid block of them from early July to early September last year, with a scant handful earlier. Maybe they sold their robots to a poorer country.

Apache-HttpClient is not a robot. It's a core module for the Appache server, although it is most often used as a document retrieval tool just as a bot is.
6:38 am on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Not starting with Opera or Mozilla gets them blocked here if it gets past my "browser header check" which it probably wouldn't based on that UA.