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Botspotter's a wee bit down

Discussion in 'Products & Tools' started by sarahk, Apr 5, 2004.

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    Hurrah to the hackers! Another victory

    Sorry Shawn, sidetracking the forum a bit here. I just wanted to start a thread my users can use to post questions.
    SEMrush
    Botspotter started life as a tool to help me see quickly if my site was being indexed and whether I needed to spend the dollars and buy submission software. Quickly found I didn't and Botspotter blossomed.

    Since Xmas it's been available to anyone and nearly 200 people have signed up. Not earth shattering numbers but that's not what it's about.

    I've tried to create a small index of all the bots that visit and grade them 1-5 in importance and some get noted as mail washers - the bots that steal email addresses.

    Very quickly the botspotter site (but not the others) started getting pinged by bots with scrambled user_agents. I noted them but never took any steps to block them.

    My passiveness must have been annoying because yesterday I had a fairly vigorous attack which stopped the logging. I'm going to drip feed it back on but this week I don't have much time.

    Sarah
     
    sarahk, Apr 5, 2004 IP
    SEMrush
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    WhiteGyr Grunt

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    I've been looking for a service like your's - hope you get the problem under control soon, I'd like to join in.

    We have had a serious email account Spoofing from a hacker disguising the source address of a message by replacing the actual address in the message with a different address. When the message is received at its destination, the message includes the wrong source address. Usually, there are BAD things in these emails (virsus, porn, etc.) and they indicicate they come from us.
     
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    Foxy Chief Natural Foodie

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    We have been getting those too - even coming to us from us!!

    Do you have a solution?
     
    Foxy, Apr 6, 2004 IP
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    That's how we discovered the "Spoofing" our email account, we started receiving emails from our server (legitimate email addresses) that were not sent from either that server or the individual. We have not resolved the problem. We dropped that email address from our web site, server and sent notices out to all the contacts that were known to use it that it was no longer in use. We are drafting a notice to publish on our
     
    WhiteGyr, Apr 6, 2004 IP
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    Foxy Chief Natural Foodie

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    Hi that is what we have done also

    Closed the accounts being hit.

    On the web site we changed the @ to &#64 whenever we have to write it.

    It is a p in the a!
     
    Foxy, Apr 6, 2004 IP
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  6. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I've reopened the "shop", still lots to do but it's logging again and taking new users.
     
    sarahk, Apr 11, 2004 IP
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    Foxy Chief Natural Foodie

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    Sorry Sarahk but its giving this

     
    Foxy, Apr 12, 2004 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Thanks for that. All sorted now.
     
    sarahk, Apr 12, 2004 IP
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    Foxy Chief Natural Foodie

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    Sorry about this but

    got thru to new account and received the email

    went back to activate and got the New User page activated with the click on this link to login

    which I did

    and got from this page

    this message

    Don't you just love easter presents! :)
     
    Foxy, Apr 12, 2004 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Aaaah, thanks. There was // where there should have been /

    IE was forgiving normally but not on that link. Strange. Still, fixed now, thanks for the heads up!
     
    sarahk, Apr 12, 2004 IP
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    Foxy Chief Natural Foodie

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    I don't do IE

    Safari is me :D
     
    Foxy, Apr 12, 2004 IP