Attack of the Amazon spiders

Filed under: — 10:30 am

While investigating a traffic surge at The Quotations Page, I found something interesting: between 4:00 AM and 10:00 AM I received almost 10,000 hits from two particular IP addresses. Things like this happen every day, and it’s usually just a referral spammer or email address harvester. Today’s attack had two interesting qualities, though:

The user agent on the requests is libwww-perl/5.35, so apparently somebody at Amazon is having lots of fun with Perl at my expense.

This leads me to wonder if Amazon is experimenting with a new search spider for But if they are, it’s gone horribly wrong…

One response to “Attack of the Amazon spiders”

  1. UpsideClown says:

    Did you ever get any more information about this?

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