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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:05 am 
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iain wrote:
...when I could have been doing something actually productive for the sites...


Well, it's sort of productive in some kind of way...trying to be *very* positive here. 8)

Your maintenance is very much appreciated though!

Still have a small hole in my heart because of the 1700 missing posts. :?
Everytime I browse the forum I think of the missing topics, or I'm searching for something and it's gonzo. Grrr.
Shame really, especially the last year we had some very interesting things going on. Topic about Penn, topic about CU etc. etc. :evil:

Oh well.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:34 am 
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The whole thing with lots of "guests" is the script's way of sniffing out boards that haven't got the patches installed and can be hacked. As you are up to date, then hopefully nothing currently out there is able to harm it. Until the next patch is released and then more exploits scripts are written :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:17 am 
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It's possible it's a massive search engine crawl. On a forum I run, we had a similar traffic spike about a month ago when Gigablast decided it would be a really good idea to capture the entire 50K+ article board in the span of about 48-72 hours. Since MSN relaunched and so forth I've noticed the other engines being more aggressive about staying up to date, including sending out many crawler threads at once.

Do some detailed WHOIS lookups on the guest IPs, particularly if they're in the 60-70.x.x.x block, where a lot of search engines seem to live.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:08 pm 
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It definitely wasn't searchengines (although as you have said, they do come in groups, msnbot nearly crawles the site as much as google these days)

The requests were for all different topics but with the same query string e.g. viewtopic.php?t=3245&highlight=%2527...etc. etc. the %2527 is the give away because that's an exploit trick.

The IP's were also from all over the world and thirdly the id was just "mozilla 4" instead of the usual googlebot or fuller version of most browsers.

So in summary, def not search bots! :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:14 pm 
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Fair enough, you're right, that doesn't sound the least bit legit. I just didn't want anybody getting anxious unnecessarily. :)

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