[nSLUG] Curious httpd log entries...

Jeff Warnica jeff at coherentnetworksolutions.com
Sat Aug 13 14:52:12 ADT 2005

On Sat, 2005-13-08 at 08:50 -0300, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-08-12 at 18:18 -0300, Jeff Warnica wrote:
> > With the file being sent as text/html, and not being HTML, anyway,
> > google would almost definitely not increase the "worth" of those URLs. 
> > 
> > If anything, having those strings on a page unrelated to the target of
> > the scam, you are negating their efforts. 
> I have observed that people do not often post the raw access.log, but
> rather digest it, particularly to show "referers", which are supposed to
> be legitimate references to the site.  Spammers have caught onto this,
> and exploit it to post the URLs to their own sites.  This information is
> presented, of course, as HTML, not text masquerading as text/html, so it
> does have an actual positive effect (or so the spammers hope).

My bad.. The http header in question was

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

typeo on my part. This particular raw log will be ignored by google.. Of
course, referer log poisoning is not uncommon. 


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