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Spoofed useragents coming from MSN ip ranges RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are getting a lot of rubbish traffic originating from MSN ip ranges (65.55.109.*, 65.55.110.*), all of which is obviously spoofed useragents.

    Rather than identifying itself as msnbot, it ids itself as IE6, yet doesn't pass the proper headers (accept encoding, etc).

    We block all IE6 agent which do not pass the proper headers. As a result, all of your fraudulent requests are getting junked now. As they should.

    Beyond the normal issues of dishonesty here, it also appears to be a cheap way to inflate browser statistics for one of the worst browsers mankind has ever seen, thus justifying the need to spend countless hours of productivity making special case exceptions for this garbage browser.

    This has to stop.

    For now, we've simply 404d every request you guys are making with your spambot. When you learn to grow up and show some respect for the goddamned internet, please let us know.

    msnbot is still allowed. For now. Keep ____ with our servers, and we'll blacklist msn entirely. Google indexes our sites, and plays by rules which somehow keeps their bots out of our anti-____ traps.

    This is why google owns the search world. Because you guys have no respect for anyone. You don't write the rules, and the sooner you learn that, the better.
    Monday, April 20, 2009 11:34 PM

Answers

  • I'm sorry you are experiencing these issues. Please understand there is no malicious intent.We have been working to correct this issue which was reported to us shortly before you posted.

    Thank you for your patience.
    Program Manager, Live Search Webmaster Tools
    • Marked as answer by Brett Yount Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:34 PM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:34 PM

All replies

  • I'm sorry you are experiencing these issues. Please understand there is no malicious intent.We have been working to correct this issue which was reported to us shortly before you posted.

    Thank you for your patience.
    Program Manager, Live Search Webmaster Tools
    • Marked as answer by Brett Yount Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:34 PM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:34 PM
  • Forgive me if I can't say I believe you. You pulled the same thing in 2007, with the same reaction. Yet here you are, spamming everyone's search logs to try to inflate your relevance AGAIN. Some people are banning the entire 65.55 range, which you'll notice includes msnbot. Only complete fools who are still using IE (thanks for bundling it and ruining the entire internet, by the way) use live.com for search, and only because it is the default.

    If I didn't have to answer to someone, your entire range would be toast right now for the same reason i ban all the other ____ spoofed spiders that rampage through our sites. Even though you are behaving like thugs, my boss still thinks we should give you special treatment, even as you break the rules we set up to catch so many other assholes.

    You could shut this thing down immediately. But you won't.

    So don't lie to me.
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:02 PM