Tag: internet research

1-99seo.com Content Spammer: Research, Ban

1-99seo.com looks like a similar content spammer campaign, from South America/Brazil. The style is very similar to fix-website-errors-com by Semalt, which was really terrible.

1-free-share-buttons.com looks to be the same

It is these types of content scraper marketing campaigns that wastes the receiving web site’s bandwidth. They visit the same pages daily, scraping from multiple IP addresses.

yota.com.ni, Part of Semalt Botnet: Research, Ban

wimax183-11.yota.com.ni hit my site as a part of the large Semalt botnet that started with keywords-monitoring-your-success.com and free-video-tool.com campaign, which I have already banned. That botnet was huge. They involved virtua in Brazil as well. Finally that campaign ended and they started with fix-website-errors.com and buttons-for-website. buttons-for-website is a really old Semalt SEO botnet campaign.

To the IP root of 190.181 for the first two octets, add the second two from the hostname.

wimax183-11.yota.com.ni – 190.181.128/18 Yota De Nicaragua


vnpt.vn Content Scraper: Research, Ban

static.vnpt.vn does not resolve as a host name, and as they scraped me I will track them down. They are pretty tricky. One of their tactics is that they use the host name “localhost”, which looks odd in the access log. Tech staff cannot find the actual IP address.

As I work with these IP ranges it is clear that this content scraper is doing a real detriment to Viet Nam. The use of his IPs would force me to pretty much ban the whole country. As an emerging country this would be very bad for Viet Nam, all for the greed and selfishness of a single bot maker. I know that there are no morals with stealing content, as with thieves, but at this stage of Viet Nam’s development this bot maker could easily damage the country.

hdesknet.com.br Content Scraper: Research, Ban

pool.hdesknet.com.br is part of the fix-website-errors.com by Semalt SEO content scraper campaign, huge and very annoying. I wish they would just stop scraping my site. This botnet is huge and does not seem to want to end. It started with keywords-monitoring-success and free-video-tool.com, which then involved Virtua and megared.net.mx. The vast majority of these content scraper bots reside in Brazil and South America, but there are others from Italy and the US.

Thankfully, only one ip range kills this.


Research: – HELP DESK Br

fix-website-errors.com by Semalt: Research, Ban

fix-website-errors.com is a new content scraper campaign from Semalt. It follows from the keywords-monitoring-your-success.com and free-video-tool.com campaign, which I have already banned. That botnet was huge. They involved virtua in Brazil as well. Damn them.

Anyway, they hit your site, you track them down, ban them, rinse and repeat.

hosted-by.snel.com Content Scraper: Research, Ban

This bot comes around and scrapes content pretty much every week. It is not rampant but still annoying. I banned it.

Observations: hosted-by.snel.com 2016-oct-12

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virtua.com.br Content Scraper: Research, Ban

Persistent this botnet is. It’s like a virus that mutates but does not go away. Or an itch you scratch but does not stop. virtua.com.br has a content scraping bot going at my site that I need to stop. virtua.com.br is part of a large Semalt-led botnet I am trying to remove. They have no website. The host addresses I receive on my access log do not resolve, and there’s nothing specific on Google. I’m just giving this a simple domain ban to see how it goes. They also have a huge number of IP blocks, as they are connected to Akamai in the US.

Kijiji and Craigslist Selling Guidelines

Sell I do, on occasion, on Craigslist and Kijiji. Nothing large or fancy, just little stuff we now do not need. The little cash we get is really inconsequential. There are, however, some hints and tips, to doing it efficiently and to avoid undue risk. Here are some of my guidelines.