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Re: Bad request for robotsxx.txt

  • Subject: Re: Bad request for robotsxx.txt
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 03:10:22 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.www.webmaster
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
  • References: <nfAUe.71515$3S5.23958@tornado.rdc-kc.rr.com> <dfv2l0$7u4$2@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <3ogjrpF5rggiU1@individual.net> <dfv8au$9e4$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <slrndi6lgp.h8s.no.spam@thurston.blinkynet.net>
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__/ [Blinky the Shark] on Saturday 10 September 2005 22:54 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [Brian Wakem] on Saturday 10 September 2005 18:35 \__
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> [Sat Sep 10 07:31:08 2005] [error] [client] File does
>>>> not exist: /home/schestow/public_html/robotsxx.txt
>>> I just checked my error logs for this year on a busy site.  I have 5
>>> reqests for robotsxx.txt, all from, which is very
>>> similar to the IP address you noted.
>>> The IPs trace to Seoul.
>> I'd be far more worried had the file been robotsxxx.txt (triple X). I
>> did some reverse IP lookups in the past and they all appear to come
>> from questionable places. The intention of the requestor is rather
>> mysterious, but I am sure there is a story behind it.
> This looks like it *is* kinda related to xxx material.  It seems
> associated with this (see a whois on that IP):
> http://plantynet.com/plantynet_eng/index.html

Do you reckon it is spam in disguise under variation of a file with good
cause? I really hope not. See below.

__/ [Alan Little] added on Saturday 10 September 2005 20:43 \__

>> <SNIP>
>> One wonders if it could become an alternative to referrer spam. One
>> would hope not. Imagine the horror... comment spam, E-mail spam,
>> referrer spam... and... error log spam. The typical spammer does not
>> mind destruction. Error log Bayesian filters anyone...?
> GET /enlarge_YOUR_log_www.bigbeef.com HTTP/1.1

Spammers will sooner or later realise it. It is extremely easy to automate
this. You just shove a list of domains and can spam almost a million per
minute on a thick connection. The whole World Wide Web spammed in just an
hour? Scary thought. Some people are set to received an E-mail when a 404
crops up.

Best wishes,


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