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Microsoft Live and its misbehaving bots

FirienFirien FirienFirien writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FirienFirien (857374) writes "eKstreme.com is reporting that IP addresses belonging to Microsoft are spamming websites with spoofed Live.com referer headers suggesting good rankings for porn, pharma, and other random keywords on their search engines. The only official word is confirmation in September saying this is a quality check, but from the referral headers it looks anything but that. Other reports indicate that the Microsoft bot is downloading AdSense javascript, which interferes with impressions and lowers click-through-rates. A lot of webmasters are angry at this apparent Microsoft misbehavior, whether interpreted as anticompetitive fiddling or plain referral spam."

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