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  1. Dan Johnson says:

    I recently implemented a PHP script to exclude fake robots from browsing my site. The script attempts to find the host of the originating IP address of user agents identifying themselves as Googlebot, MSNbot, or SLurp, then compares it to the hostnames published by Google, MSN, and Yahoo. I was confused by the phx.gbl domain name until I found several reports of this domain in other areas. Until this issue is resolved at MSN, I have no option other than allowing the phx.gbl domain, and skipping the reverse lookup, as it would obviously fail.

    I did notice in my log files that I have had fake MSNbot hits from the – range of Microsft (China) Co.Ltd, as well as –, which belongs to CHINANET beijing province network.