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Why do bots search for / fill and send contact forms?

I'm a bit confused as to why people make bots to do this - is it to find vulnerabilities? I recently upgraded my contact form security with more client and server side validation, including a ...
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80% of Website Traffic coming from Just one Town in USA - Strange?

For the last month, 80% of my total traffic was coming from just one Town in the USA. Here are the attributes: It is one of the richest towns in California in USA which defies logic since I run a ...
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Do spam bots load the DOM?

I have an issue where a form on my site is getting spammed. The form is actually a copy paste job from a CRM, so I cannot access any of the server side script to make a good human checker. In the ...
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Bot crawling my site, blocked it, now it's back and can't stop it [closed]

I had a bot of some sort crawling my site like crazy for the last day or so. It says in Google Analytics that it's from San Jose in the US. The IP addresses that appeared in the access logs were ...
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How do I capture incoming HTTP requests for analysis?

I have a site that is hit pretty hard by a 'bot script that thinks it is possible to brute-force the Admin password by "trying" out different passwords with the username "Admin". Here is an excerpt ...
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Robots signing up on website

A couple of days ago, some robots started to sign up on the website (about 30 in a couple of days), they don't do anything on the website (as I'm guessing they don't find what they're looking for). ...
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How to respond to attack on web site

I have wordpress site that is under some kind of bot attack. I checked apache logs and there's get request to a single post on my blog every second (sometimes there's more than one per second). When ...
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Preventing botvisits to website

Every time some user shares my website's address inside his/her tweets, the following bots come to my website: UnwindFetchor/1.0 (+http://www.gnip.com/) ShowyouBot (http://showyou.com/crawler) ...
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Number of page requests by any Bot in 5 secs

I am writing a script that will block any bot that requests page(s) for example X times in the past 5 secs. I need to find the X here. Do you guys know some approx values I can use?
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Adsense click bot is click bombing my site

I have a site that get's roughly 7,000 - 10,000 page views per day right now. Starting around 1 AM on 7/1/12 I noticed the CTR was rising dramatically. These clicks would be credited then ...
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Bad Bot blocking Revisited

I've read a lot about bad bot blocking, php scripts, .htaccess techniques, etc... Is this a valid method? Since .htacces can rewrite and send a bad bot a 403 deny or forward to something like spam ...
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Spam bot constantly hitting our site 800-1,000 times a day. Causing loss in sales

For the past 5 months our site has been receiving hits from these 4 sites below; sheratonbd.com newsheraton.com newsheration.com newsheratonltd.com Typically the exact url they come from looks ...
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Clean an attacked website

Since few monts a client website is attacked by bots. I've changed the website source (now wordpress last version), try to clean but bot find hole in s├ęcurity ... After bot action i can find ...
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BingPreview user agent

I'm getting several invalid requests from a "BingPreview" user agent. The complete user agent header is: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/534+ (KHTML, like Gecko) BingPreview/1.0b The ...
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Moderator with no power to fix spam bot issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent spam on sites which I control? I think this is the correct site to post this. So I'm a moderator (not administrator) on anddev.org and it's completely ...
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Huge increase in direct load homepage traffic and bounce rate, causes?

Over the holiday shopping period our website saw a huge increase in direct load traffic directly on the homepage (from 2mil to 8-9mil hits) and the bounce rate went through the roof on that page ...
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Why are we being twitter spammed?

This is a search relating to us: https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/scirra We're getting a of of new accounts tweeting: The Layers Bar - Scirra.com Firstly this is not us doing it as we're ...
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What is the most time-effective way to monitor & manage threats from bots and/or humans?

I'm usually overwhelmed by the amount of tools that hosting companies provide to track & quantify traffic data and statistics. I'm equally overwhelmed by the countless flavors of malicious ...
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Is Hosting My Web Apps at Amazon EC2/S3 an Adequate Defense Against DDOS?

Reading how an online news portal Sarawak Report was under massive, well-funded, sophisticated DDOS attack and unable to function as normal, I wonder what should normal webmasters do in the light of ...
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DDos Mitigation Services

Any have any experience using these? And what are the pro's and cons? Can you expect a high level of false positives? Are they 100% effective?
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How to tell whether spammers are bots or humans?

How can you tell if the people that are spamming your forum or website are in fact bots or human spammers? Please note that the question is not about preventing spammers. It is to determine if the ...
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How should a site respond to automated login attempts with phony usernames?

For the last couple weeks I've been seeing a consistent stream of 15-30 invalid login attempts per hours on my site. Many of them are non-sensical usernames that nobody would ever register for real, ...
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How are spambots registering on my website?

I have a forum that's getting a bunch of spam bot registrations. Here's what's happened: lots of spambots added static logic question (as a picture), static math question, honeypot field still lots ...
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How do spambots work?

I have a forum that's getting hit a lot by forum spambots, and of course the best way to defeat something is to know thy enemy. I'll worry about defeating those spambots later, but right now I'd like ...
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How can I stop a bot attack on my site?

I have a site (built with wordpress) that is currently under a bot attack (as best I can tell). A file is being requested over and over, and the referrer is (almost every time) ...
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How much of the world's website traffic is attacks?

Does anyone have any statistics on how much of the total of the world's website traffic is malicious? Every day I am amazed by the number of requests for .dll and similar things which don't appear ...