Feeds

Berserker Bing bots bring down Perl network

When spiders attack!

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Misfiring Microsoft search bots managed to render a site used by Perl Testers almost unusable last week.

A post on the CPAN Testers' blog reports that its servers were being scanned by "20-30 bots every few seconds", resulting in what developers likened to a denial of service attack. The IP addresses of the bots - which failed to follow house rules defined in the site's robots.txt file - were traced back to Microsoft.

The behaviour of the bonkers Bing bots contrasted with the good manners of other search engine agents from the likes of Google, prompting site administrators to post an "msnbot must die" rant on Friday before banning Microsoft's search spiders of doom.

In fairness, it ought to be pointed out that a Bing product manager took time out from the Martin Luther King holiday weekend to respond to these concerns on Saturday, posting a comment on the CPAN Testers' blog offering to help in resolving the problem.

CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) runs a worldwide archive of Perl scripts, source code and other resources aimed at web developers. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.