Friday, April 04, 2008

DART Agent - Another Annoying Distributed Tool

This little annoying DART thing that keeps bouncing off my web site appears to be written by CRS4, the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia.

It would appear DART stands for "Distributed Agent-based Retrieval Tools" and they even have a workshop in '06 about this damn thing touted as "The Future of Search Engines' Technologies" that had people from Yahoo!, Google, Quaero and Ask attending.

Here's a sample of some IPs it operates from and the shitload of versions this thing has:

212.123.91.18 "DART Agent, version 1.2 (build 14062007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.2.7 (build 27062007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4 (build 17102007)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.4 (build 29102007)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.4.1 (build 05112007)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.4.2 (build 08112007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.3 (build 15112007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.3 (build 19112007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.4 (build 05122007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.5 (build 06122007)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.6 (build 14012008)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.4.6 (build 14012008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.7 (build 24012008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.4.8 (build 04022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5 (build 08022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.1 (build 14022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.2 (build 18022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.5 (build 27022008)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.5.6 (build 28022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.6 (build 28022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.1 (build 14022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.7 (build 05032008)"
82.85.70.40 "DART Agent, version 1.5.2 (build 18022008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
82.85.70.42 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.9 (build 19032008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.5.9 (build 20032008)"
213.205.44.51 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
213.205.44.52 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
212.123.91.78 "DART Agent, version 1.6 (build 02042008)"
213.205.44.52 "DART Agent, version 1.5.8 (build 06032008)"
156.148.18.62 "DART Agent, version 1.6.0 (build 02042008)"
Looks like so far it's only operating out of Italy and they're nice enough to provide reverse DNS when it operates off their servers "dartcn01.crs4.it" and even another source "dart02.itsm.tiscali.com" so the crawler could be verified but other sources couldn't be verified such as "82-85-70-40.b2b.tiscali.it" so it's going to be a problem child for anyone that wants to let it play but make sure it's not being spoofed.

Just what the web needs, more distributed web technology to bug the fuck out of webmasters just trying to scratch out a living on the internet.

Oh well, it can't play on my server so what the hell do I care anyway!


1 comment:

Protectyourcontent said...

Yeah thats interesting, I am curious what you think about "wiki search", although a interesting project it uses member ip's to crawl and can't therefore have reverse dns. I flagged that early on as potential problem and can't see a workaround as spammers could fake the user agent. Be interested in your thoughts.