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Old 03 July 2003, 12:05   #1
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New Eab Record!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

62, yes that's 62, peeps have just visited this board simultaneously!!!!!!!

Even now a guest influx still overwhelms the EAB!
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Old 03 July 2003, 12:11   #2
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The IP addresses of 30 guests all come from the same domain, so it looks like a load of bots scanning the board.
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Old 03 July 2003, 12:14   #3
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I knew something fishy must have been up - either that or someone posted one hell of a link!

Damn bots. If they are bots, they all seem to be doing different tasks which must be ragging the server big time. This is not a repeat of emu-uk is it? Attack of the bots?

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Old 03 July 2003, 12:47   #4
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Hmmm. It's gone up to 70+ now.
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Old 03 July 2003, 12:54   #5
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Mmmmh. I don't think it is normal activity too. I'ts a lot more than the day HOL opened up its iron gates...
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Old 03 July 2003, 13:04   #6
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The bot that attacked Emu-UK, registered and then cause grief.

However, I assume that will not happen here (or there again) as the image verification is being used.

Bots can do lots of things, but they can't look at an image
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Old 03 July 2003, 13:40   #8
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I should mention though, that if it is a bot, when it gets to the areas that allow guest posting bad stuff may start to happen

Maybe a temporary disabling of guest posting rights in those sections is in order?
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Guest ---> Quoting Post in Thread Huh!
This thread is locked...?
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Old 03 July 2003, 14:03   #10
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Bots can do lots of things, but they can't look at an image
What if it's an Evil Overlord Bot that's enslaved humans to look at the images for it?

AAaaaaaarrrrggggghhhhhhhhh!

I'm going to hide in the corner...

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Old 03 July 2003, 14:18   #11
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Taken at face value, they appear to be up to all sorts - quoting and editing posts, sending PMs, moderating, even playing in the Arcade. I remember reading something about Guests doing odd things before, although it was on a smaller scale: something to do with an 'echoing' effect?

Not that all this bot activity seems to be resulting in anything tangible. Especially for the one who is trying to beat my Snake high score. It's all in vain, bot. Give up now.
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Not that all this bot activity seems to be resulting in anything tangible. Especially for the one who is trying to beat my Snake high score. It's all in vain, bot. Give up now.


Rcks here now so perhaps their fun will end.
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Old 03 July 2003, 16:07   #13
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This guest flood was generated by one scanning system like googlebot, but less more friendly.

All the ip of those spiders was banned from abime.net network
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Old 03 July 2003, 20:13   #14
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Mostly it's a good thing to let bots spider the forum because then it will show up on more search engines and increase traffic and the member count. Spiders mindlessly follow links so it will appear that they're up to no good but usually it's nothing to worry about. Other bots are currently scouring the net for copies of copyright protected text or comparing student's coursework etc against online documents. Then there are bots which are unleashed onto the net for data gathering/research purposes. Those are just a waste of bandwidth and can be blocked.

My forum has been indexed at www.boardreader.com for a while now and it's bringing in a lot of new members. This is the Google of the forum world. If the info you require is out there on an UBB or vB forum Board Reader will track it down.
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Old 03 July 2003, 20:55   #15
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a normal spider bot don't open ~50 simultaneous connections
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Old 03 July 2003, 21:30   #16
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Hmm, good point. So did you manage to identify where they were coming from and what they were up to? This kind of info would be much appreciated on the vB support forums if the same idiot is doing the rounds on other boards.

I had an auto-register bot prowling around once. It managed to sign up for an account and then spam every forum with the same message. Luckily the new vB beta now supports fuzzy image verification if you know what I mean. I'm sure there must be a technical term for it, but I can't remember what it is. Are you planning to wait until the final version is released before upgrading?
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The spiders seem to be from http://www.hotbot.com/

All the guests came from the domain j3150.inktomisearch.com - Inktomi is mentioned on this search engine.
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Old 03 July 2003, 21:52   #18
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I beleive Inktomi provides caching services to many customers, they use something like a Squid server to cache web data almost like regional web server mirrors. It's possible they are using a more non-friendly bot to spider up the info now but I bet going to inktomi directly you maybe able to find out and possibly have them stop doing this to your domain
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Ah, that's a familiar one. I've noticed lots of people have reported Inkomi bots swarming all over their forums recently. Apparently it's deep crawl day for lots of search engines. Odd that they've all chosen to do it at the same time, but I wouldn't worry since they're a reputable company. There isn't necessarily 50 or however many different bots scanning at once, they could just be switching IPs and creating new entries with each page view.
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They are consuming the bandwidth RCK pays for, so I wouldn't care if they are reputable, I would tell them to FUCK OFF and leave my website alone!
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