For those of you who have hacks installed that list back referers on the site, I had someone try something a little different this week – they hit the site at a somewhat elevated rate (~275 visits to index.php in less than 60 minutes), putting a fake referer in their request. Nathan Young’s refererLib (which I run a modified version of, has an option to check if the referring page has a link to your site. However, I’ve never enabled this, as it could be used to make my server DoS a site.
The solutions are:
* Don’t show your referers as hyper-links
* Show them as links, but put them through a local redirect script
* Police your site frequently
My “visitor” was especially ironic, as his site (according to babelfish’s translation from German) was basically marketing tools around search-engine placement.
My entry about the “genius”
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