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Under Attack? With Search from Google and Yahoo?

analytics gone crazy, but no code stolen, automated use of yahoo and google



2:18 am on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Last Wednesday is saw a sudden increase in webstraffic from google searches, bouncerate went down, New Visits up, traffic doubled... Lasted for about 24 hrs. Traffic mostly from USA.

However, user behavior was like a bot. Blazing through pages, at an average of 100 pages per user.....

When everything was back to normal, I thought, well. ok, no matter.

But today, its happening again. Traffic increase, users blazing through pages upto 500 pages/user.....

Now also coming from Europe.

I disabled Google analytics for a while to see if "they" use the code elsewhere, but no. "They" actually are on the site itself.

"They" actually use Google, and now also Yahoo to get to the site, and start blazing through the site.

Its robot like behavior, but the browsers seem to have normal user agents, have javascript (and cookies, I think) enabled and come from a very wide range of ip addresses...

Is this some sort of (black hat) attack or something? To get me kicked from Google and Yahoo?


2:46 am on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Is the referrer something like google.com/search ?

If so, might be Google Preview (I tried to search for the thread, but it didn't come up).

I haven't had any activity from Yahoo in this fashion yet, that I've noticed.


2:53 am on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Its seems as normal organic searches from Google and yahoo....


5:03 am on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I must be "someone" who wants to do harm, and gave some bot network a list of keywords. There is a misspelled keyword that is repeated over and over again.

Searches in French (and other languages) are performed in India, USA and repeated from various locations.

Javascript active, ajax call are working.

Can this harm me?

I have no defense....

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