I developed an open source library and hosted its assets on Amazon S3 (CSS, JS), these files were used in demo via URLs like: http://my_bucket_name.s3.amazonaws.com/some-file.js (my bad, I know). Without my permission, some websites started hot-linking these files.

It was fine for a while, but recently a few large NSFW sites hot-linked it and I get tens of millions GET requests in a month. So I deleted/moved these files, but I still get a lot of GET requests that return 403 errors, and Amazon bills them as a valid requests (see Charge Details section).

  • I tried contacting sites that hotlinked my library, but never got any reply.
  • I'm worried that if I delete the bucket "my_bucket_name", someone else might create it with the same name and hotlink malicious JS files.

What should I do to avoid getting billed for error requests that I don't make?

  • Why did you enable requester pay ? Maybe you could turn that bucket to private using bucket policy. / an advice always use proxy front s3 so you can manage your requesters and block bad ones. – pmoksuz Oct 9 '16 at 7:24
  • Are you sure that modifying bucket policy would make any difference? All files in a bucket are already private or deleted and no one can access them. Yea, I know that I should've used proxy in front of s3, but I didn't... Thank you for reply. – Marvin3 Oct 9 '16 at 7:43
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    Just nuke the whole bucket. That'll put a stop to it. – Michael Hampton Oct 9 '16 at 7:50
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    Once you delete the bucket it's not your problem any more. S3 will send 404 responses and people will stop using it, the problem will go away. – Tim Oct 9 '16 at 8:03
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    And you aren't responsible for maintaining other people's web sites. – Michael Hampton Oct 9 '16 at 8:40

You can either:

  • Delete the bucket
  • or disable static website access to the bucket and keep the bucket. Then use a new bucket.

You might want to add a policy to this bucket to restrict the access to the bucket, e.g. Restricting Access to a Specific HTTP Referrer

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