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comment illegitimate traffic from user agent Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.10) Gecko/2009042316 Firefox/3.0.10 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
Yes, we've noticed similar traffic across multiple sites. We're still looking for the root cause, but some of our findings include: - If it's a spider, it's doing a pretty poor job. It seems to hammer only one or two URLs per domain for a while (maybe a couple hours), until it moves on to another URL. The content is always relatively "current", though, which lends credence to Google News being a factor, as posited in the link Dee posted in his/her answer (all of our sites are news sites). - While the IPs are spread out geographically, for us most of them seem located near the origin site (most