Saturday, August 23, 2008

Business idea

I've read that RIAA and the like hire "protection agencies" to "protect" their IP on Peer-to-peer networks. Sort of like a protection racket.

Tonight I discovered, much to my embarrassment, that I've been running an open proxy for a while, and that it had been located by some service scanner and used. This explains why my tiny little server has been out of breath lately.

Looking at the access logs is a bit astonishing - maybe I'm naive. It's full of ad-URLs. So my proxy has been used to aid ad-fraud. - - [23/Aug/2008:22:25:07 +0200] "GET HTTP/1.1" 404 370 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; .NET CLR 2.0.40" - - [23/Aug/2008:22:25:08 +0200] "GET HTTP/1.0" 404 380 "" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.8" - - [23/Aug/2008:22:25:08 +0200] "GET HTTP/1.0" 404 378 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)"

The source IPs have been removed to protect the guilty. As you see I return 404 now. But there is obvious potential in aiding Google and the like in detecting ad-fraud. Could be a million dollar business. Good luck and remember to send me 10% finders fee ;-)

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