May 17, 2012
I've been sitting here all day watching as I get huge numbers of refers from all over, to 8+ year old posts on USS Clueless. And the IP is always the same: 220.127.116.11
He crawled kuro5hin.org, and followed the few links there to me. He crawled janegalt.net. He crawled freerepublic.com. He crawled drweevil.org. johnquiggin.com. gnxp.com.
And he just found ai.mee.nu. I fear he's eventually going to crawl my server and hammer it into the ground.
So who is this wonderful person? A reverse DNS fails. APNIC says it belongs to China Mobile Communications Corporation. So is it a gutsy user with lots of money to pay for bandwidth? Or is it the government of China looking for things to block in the Great Firewall? Or maybe some native Chinese search engine's crawler.
Christ knows. I was seriously considering blocking him in my firewall, but if it's really a citizen in China, looking at conservative web sites, I don't really want to exclude him.
UPDATE: You know, you can hunt all through the APNIC web site and if you can find any indication of where in hell it's located, you're better than I am. Even the job listings don't say where they are.
I had to visit Wikipedia to find out that it's in Brisbane.
UPDATE: Our friend just found bojack.org and samizdata.net. Also perfidy.org. ashbrook.org.
UPDATE: He just started dumping my site.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 17, 2012 06:38 PM (6CHh4)
It's running way to fast for it to be someone sitting at a browser. But it's not impossible that it's someone's personal computer running a massive crawler.
I think it's far more likely to be someone gathering information for a search engine, though. It doesn't seem like the government would use an IP from that block.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 17, 2012 07:18 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 17, 2012 07:19 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: cuc at May 18, 2012 12:00 AM (AOjlv)
Posted by: cuc at May 18, 2012 12:01 AM (AOjlv)
Posted by: Mauser at May 18, 2012 12:25 AM (cZPoz)
Posted by: David at May 18, 2012 08:12 AM (+yn5x)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 18, 2012 08:50 AM (+rSRq)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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