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Cengage / Gale

2,282-character(!) link-checker

     
7:19 pm on Aug 9, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Since April, root's been hit maybe 10 times by somethingorother from the following Cengage Learning Inc. properties' CIDRs:

69.32.0.0 - 69.32.255.255 [ 69.32.0.0/16]
140.244.0.0 - 140.244.255.255 [140.244.0.0/16]

Hits come from Cengage IPs and Host gale.com (Gale's a part of Cengage). Related: iacnet.com, cengage.com; cengage.net, etc.

Those education businesses may be beyond suspicion, but their link-checking UA is beyond belief because of its jaw-dropping, log-bloating/spamming redundancy. Posting the UA in one piece would blow the layout to smithereens, so I've added a line break after each of its 24 repeat parts. Ready? Deep breath --

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0);
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com;
Cengage Learning link checker for Gale content. Noindex NoFollow. todd.flanders@cengage.com

Have I e-mailed them? Nope. That UA's worthy of public bot-shaming.

Back in 2013, there was single hit from another Cengager apparently using a Vivisimo [en.wikipedia.org...] crawler product:

VSE/1.0 (John.Macartney@cengage.com)
207.228.252.58 [client.superb.net; hopone]

Last but not least... Nary a robots.txt in the lot.