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Does this sound legit? Or is it something else? Some sophisticated web-caching going on at the user's end, where they already have a copy of our files somehow?Sounds like a bot spoofing a browser.
Starting in July, Google Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure,” according to a blog post published today by Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter. Chrome currently displays a neutral information icon, but starting with version 68, the browser will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar. Chrome currently marks HTTPS-encrypted sites with a green lock icon and “Secure” sign.
Google has been nudging users away from unencrypted sites for years, but this is the most forceful nudge yet.
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Not with these requests.I do see a moderate amount of 304's though.
that should indicate a real browser that supports cacheing
I've never seen bot activity from universities this heavy before (exception is U-mich and their IOT scanning).a "botnet" is not a normal bot. Botnets come from compromised ISP accounts, server farm accounts, shared hosting accounts, schools, and other places that have been infected with malicious code.
Is there a service (like spamhaus or senderbase for smtp spam) where I can submit an IP address and see if it has been identified or suspected of being a web bot/crawler?Not for botnets. As previously stated, these are compromised accouts that will presumably be fixed at some point.
I've just asked someone who does have it to look at the site and tell me what he sees.
[Is] google throwing up a warning or is blocking you from proceeding when you're using chrome but not with FF?The warnings are browser generated.