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5:25 am on Dec 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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would appear has changed its procedures. May require a header check.


66.249.81.241 - - [08/Dec/2013:20:45:01 -0700] "GET /MyFolder/MySub/mypage.html HTTP/1.1" 200 8483 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/7.0; MAMD; BOIE9;ENUS; rv:11.0) like Gecko,gzip(gfe)"
212.61.239.zz - - [08/Dec/2013:20:45:02 -0700] "GET /ImageFolder/MyImage.gif HTTP/1.1" 403 644 "http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?anno=2&depth=1&hl=nl&rurl=translate.google.nl&sl=en&tl=nl&u=http://www.example.com/MyFolder/MySub/mypage.html&usg=ALkJrhi2qIaC7VPNIL-UsNLSx2LzNpitqA" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/7.0; MAMD; BOIE9;ENUS; rv:11.0) like Gecko"
4:39 pm on Dec 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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This will suffice

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} gzip
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} ^66\.249\.81\.
RewriteRule .* - [F]
9:44 am on Dec 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Splendid, thank you!

Will Bing translate follow suit?
8:54 pm on Dec 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Only if it also has "gzip" in the UA. And, ahem, if you add lines or pipe-separated alternatives for all Bing Translate IPs.
12:46 am on Dec 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Can't think of any legit human browser that carries "gzip" in the US string, so the simplest method IMO would be just to block that attribute as a general rule. YMMV.
1:32 am on Dec 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yes, we block gzip UA as default.

Anyone noticed Bing alter its translate bot characteristics yet?
2:43 am on Dec 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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:: detour to raw logs ::

Occurrences of "gzip" anywhere in logs within this calendar year:

6 January
74.125.189.17 - - <snip> "http://translate.google.com/translate_p<snip>" "Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A403 Safari/8536.25,gzip(gfe)"

19 February (unedited) *
74.125.189.20 - - [19/Feb/2013:23:44:53 -0800] "GET /games/LucysDownloads.html HTTP/1.1" 200 5522 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0,gzip(gfe)"
(Surrounding requests point to Translate, though referer didn't say so.)

14 March:
two occurrences of 74.125.189.nnn

... Well, this is getting boring ;) In June for variety's sake we move to a 66.249.aa.bb IP. Further detour to 2012 confirms impression that they changed their default IP from 74.125 to 66.249 about six months ago. Now, obviously I've got a tiny little site-- but I don't see any occurrence of the element "gzip" in UAs other than Google Translate.

Some people also look at the X-Forwarded-For header-- either its content, or whether it exists at all. I know Google Preview sends one while Bing Preview (which is probably not a preview) doesn't. My second-to-last Translate request came with an X-Forwarded-For. Also a "Via:" header, if anyone cares.

In the specific case of google, you'll also see the element "translate" in the referer for non-page files. But that's after-the-fact information, unless you've also got hotlinking issues.


* Looking at this again, I really hope that google translate successfully rendered "for Macintosh only". I seriously doubt your average Windows system comes with a Mac Classic OS emulator.
 

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