Several days ago an interior page on our site began receiving hundreds
of hits from IPs in the range of 18.104.22.168. which is registered to
Novell Corporation of Utah. The level of visits is dropping off; today
that page got about 50 visits from various Novell IPs. Only one
of our pages is involved and it is quite ordinary, much like some of
our other 40 pages on our shopping cart site:
We had such a thing happen before. Once we received more than a thousand
hits from a single overseas IP. But that lasted just a few hours.
The main problem is that these hit barrages really distort our stats.
I suppose 1000 hits could slow down shopping by real customers.
I don't have access to our server files but I presume each visit is
very brief. My only source of info is Extreme Tracker that we have on
each of our pages
So what's going on? Is it just a loop in some Novell machine? Or could
it be something more sinister? Surely no properly functioning spider
would visit one page a thousand times over a week.