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Banning Attributor Bot from your WordPress.

Posted: Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 5:06 pmUpdated: Sunday, July 12th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I’m not sure if it bugs you or not. If you’re reading this, chances are that you probably gets bugged by their activities. Attributor.com basically is a service to monitor your content and can notify you if someone uses parts of your article, images, or video without your consent. The idea is good. I even worked with a guy who used to work at Attributor designing their image matching technology.

However, my main objection to their bot activities is that they don’t identify themselves as bots. They came up as Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. I mean if it’s a bot, identify yourself as a bot. They went out of their way to try to hide their bot activity as IE6 on Windows XP. I wonder why … Could it be that they got lots of banned entries in robots.txt before that they don’t want to be identified? I actually heard reports that their bots didn’t even care about robots.txt file.

Their sneaky behavior basically gets under my skin. Their dishonesty on their crawling bots leave me wondering why they have to be sneaky? Is there something else they do to the content of my site that they don’t want people to know? Who knows. Basically, I feel that their netiquette is bad and I don’t want them on my site. So I decided to take actions and try to ban them.

I found this blog post that talks about banning Attributor on firewall level. I’m not ready to do that yet. Fortunately, WordPress has a a module for banning people who try to visit your blog. I think I’ll do it.

I also plan to publish their IP address here so that other people who wants to block Attributor can easily find list of IP range to ban. I’ll be needing your help in keeping the list updated. From the blog post and my own logs, I’ve compiled the following IP ranges:

64.41.145.0-64.41.145.255
209.133.94.0-209.133.94.255

If you have more IP ranges for Attributor.com bot, please do let me know. I’ll add them to my ban list and update this post. Thank you.

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