I am maintaining a free service that provides IT Security news called ITSecurity News. Some time ago, it was called URLAggregator.
It does nothing else than aggregate various IT news websites, selects IT security news and republishing them in the name of the original authors.
I was asking myself why I get so much traffic on this website without having real visitors.
So, I installed the free edition of the WordPress plugin Wordfence in order to study who visits my website.
The results were… surprizing.
- 90% of the traffic was Spiders, Bots, Crawlers from Google, Baidu,
- 8% of the traffic were attempts to register an account like the one below:
|Shanghai, China left http://urlaggregator.net/ and landed on http://urlaggregator.net/forum/member/register|
|1 hour 19 mins ago IP: 188.8.131.52 [block]|
|Browser: IE version 6.0 running on WinXP|
|Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1;)|
- 2% real visitors checking either the website or the RSS feed
This is how an attack from these IP ranges looks like:
184.108.40.206 – 220.127.116.11
18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52
After adding these rules in Advanced Blocking, the situation looked much better:
Browser Pattern: Block visitors whos browsers match the pattern: crawler
Browser Pattern: Block visitors whos browsers match the pattern: *spider
Browser Pattern: Block visitors whos browsers match the pattern: bot
IP Range: Block visitors with IP addresses in the range: 184.108.40.206 – 220.127.116.11
IP Range: Block visitors with IP addresses in the range: 18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124
IP Range: Block visitors with IP addresses in the range: 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52
I have to say, that slowly I am starting to understand why everybody screams loud that China is doing a cyberwar against… everybody.
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