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I have a bunch of requests coming through on my site which looks like the one below:


Is this hacking attempts or search engines?

EDIT: my question is regarding the request. The string at the end is used for an identifier which will load the appropriate page. Someone or something is passing the no-text-[0-9] string. I would like to know if it hacking attempts or search engines trying to index the site?


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@Sherif It's an example, obviously. mysite.com is not his actual domain. He's in South Africa and is not the CEO of United Online. – Dan Grossman Aug 3 '11 at 7:21
Post this here: serverfault.com – Jens Struwe Aug 3 '11 at 7:21
oh sorry! he means the request is in this form ... I do not think there is a browser that would append these numbers or "malfunction" – Sherif Aug 3 '11 at 7:24
Do you have existing pages using this no-text[0-9] structure? – paulmorriss Aug 3 '11 at 10:04
Thank you for everyone's input, will have a look at detecting user-agent and ip address to see if i can find the reason behind these requests. – Stephan Grobler Aug 3 '11 at 11:58

It could be an attempt to find security flaws. Many sites with a URL like example.com/section/page will blindly put page into a SQL query to select a page. A scrape program might try random input to see if any PHP errors (for example) came up.

Alternatively it could be polling to find the language used on the site, in order to try some common exploits for PHP, ASP etc.

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