[thelist] bogus referrer?

Shawn K. Quinn skquinn at speakeasy.net
Sun Jul 30 20:57:12 CDT 2006

On Tue, 2006-07-18 at 02:38 -0400, Felix Miata wrote:
> I frequently like to see the pages that show as referrer in my
> access_log. I just tried one from an IE6/NT 5.1 browser
> "http://www.insurance-info-auto-life-health.com/", but  Gecko shows me a
> "not found" page for it. So, I tried a ping to the referring IP, which
> worked, and consequently tried that IP , which was
> "no website configured at this address page". Can anyone explain why a
> referral from a non-existent web site would show in an access_log?

It's a very obtuse form of spamming, taking full advantage of the fact
that the Referer header can be set to anything one darn well pleases.

Shawn K. Quinn

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