For the last week I’ve been trying to get rid of various type of bad behaving bots visiting Freefixer.com. I have a small python script that will flag suspicious bingbots. The script detected 188.8.131.52:
184.108.40.206 - - [10/Sep/2019:20:43:53 -0700] "GET /freefixer.xml HTTP/1.1" 200 9808 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)"
As you can see, when I do a reverse IP lookup for 220.127.116.11 the returned hostname ends with .bluehost.com. 18.104.22.168 is clearly not a real Bingbot.
Typically I would block anyone falsely claiming to be a Bingbot. But given that it only polls FreeFixer XML PAD, it’s possible that 22.214.171.124 is running a software listing site. Setting the user agent to Bingbot could just be sloppy programming error. I will not block 126.96.36.199.
188.8.131.52 is located in Houston: