50.116.69.213 – Bingbot at Bluehost?

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 50.116.69.213:

50.116.69.213 - - [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 50.116.69.213 the returned hostname ends with .bluehost.com. 50.116.69.213 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 50.116.69.213 is running a software listing site. Setting the user agent to Bingbot could just be sloppy programming error. I will not block 50.116.69.213.

50.116.69.213 is located in Houston: