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Abuse from BingBot – 2012

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Stardate errr, ummm, well 3/12/2012 (Monday.) Hopefully this will not persist… I have sent a message via the Bing.com  ‘feedback’ page. I have sent an email via a published bingbot email address. No response from Bing.com after ~15 hours… I have established a ‘503’ response for ALL Bingbot requests. Update 3/15/2012 Late in the day Continue reading →

Banning ‘Bad’ Robots & Crawlers

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Every now and then I see web traffic spikes due to ‘bad’ web crawlers – So what is a ‘bad bot’ or ‘bad web crawler’ or ‘bad web spider’? Virtual Rights – do we have any? Not really –  I think that we should have expectations of non-abusive access to any resource that we have Continue reading →

WordPress security note – setup-config.php

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Limiting access to WordPress /wp-admin/* tools should be a standard approach; since there are so many installation scenarios this might not always be possible so some WordPress specific mod_security rules (see links below) may be more appropriate.  You may also want to consider some of the free WordPress security plugins.  Additional WordPress specific security-related suggestions/discussion Continue reading →

Blocking ssh server attacks (11/2011)

Monday, November 7th, 2011

During the past few days (early November, 2011) I have been seeing a rash of ssh connection attempts.  I did a quick check and I note that others are posting about similar attacks.  The current attack ‘pattern’ is fairly simple: connection attempts are made every few seconds apparent IP addresses source countries vary quite a Continue reading →

Reporting Network Abuse and/or Hacked Systems

Monday, September 26th, 2011

**Who Ya Gonna Call? Before we can figure out where to send network/system abuse reports to we need to understand who might actually be responsible, or, who might accept responsibility for the resource/network from whence  possible abuse is originating… With the slate of high profile reported system and network ‘hacks’ in 2011 you might think Continue reading →

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