On my website, I have a "hidden" page that displays a list of the most recent visitors. There exist no links at all to this single PHP page, and, theoretically, only I know of its existence. I check it many times per day to see what new hits I have.
However, about once a week, I get a hit from a 208.80.194.* address on this supposedly hidden page (it records hits to itself). The strange thing is this: this mysterious person/bot does not visit any other page on my site. Not the public PHP pages, but only this hidden page that prints the visitors. It's always a single hit, and the HTTP_REFERER is blank. The other data is always some variation of
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; YPC 3.2.0; FunWebProducts; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; SpamBlockerUtility 4.8.4; yplus 5.1.04b)
... but sometimes
MSIE 6.0 instead of 7, and various other plug ins. The browser is different every time, as with the lowest-order bits of the address.
And it's just that. One hit per week or so, to that one page. Absolutely no other pages are touched by this mysterious visitor.
whois on that IP address showed it's from the New York area, and from the "Websense" ISP. The lowest order 8 bits of the address vary, but they're always from the 126.96.36.199/24 subnet.
From most of the computers that I use to access my website, doing a
traceroute to my server does not contain a router anywhere along the way with the IP 208.80.*. So that rules out any kind of HTTP sniffing, I might think.
How and why is this happening? It seems completely benign, but unexplainable and a little creepy.