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Is someone trying to kill my bandwidth?
One of my sites, hosts mp3s for music I've written for video games etc.
I uploaded a track in December, and this month my bandwith has rocketed from 18g to 25g.
When I look at the awstats I see this...
a.a.a.a 1181 1181 146.82 MB 26 Jan 2007 - 17:47
a.a.a.a+1 1161 1161 98.40 MB 26 Jan 2007 - 17:49
b.b.b.b 1151 1151 19.61 KB 26 Jan 2007 - 08:00
c.c.c.c 620 620 23.71 MB 26 Jan 2007 - 15:18
d.d.d.d 543 543 0 25 Jan 2007 - 20:52
e.e.e.e 537 537 0 25 Jan 2007 - 20:18
f.f.f.f 310 310 4.18 MB 26 Jan 2007 - 17:00
Now I'm not sure about the MB values, they don't look true at all, but why suddenly would the two top places have the same IP address bar a value of 1
If I scroll down to file usage, I see
7533 305.76 KB 5268 5276 - so it's been viewed 7533 times
and the next most popular page or file is,
1009 9.69 KB 830 412
Then looking at the search engine stats the most popular search engine phrase is this
http //www.gamesounds.co.uk/bah/blah/np2sp6qjpj2jkzevo5mcl2fjmw$$.mp3 [summer dance] 450 41.2 %
450 times? and yes, - np2sp6qjpj2jkzevo5mcl2fjmw$$.mp3 [summer dance] - this is the filename coming up even though it doesn't exist on the server
It's twice as popular as "game sounds" which is the site, and is on google... something fishy going on here.
The most popular site to come from is http://www.qq.com 3240 times in fact, and that's a japanese/chinese/eastern site which I don't understand.
The IP address appears to be chinese too.
Can anyone explain to me what might be going on here please? It appears that someone is continuously downloading this specific file, just to use up my bandwidth?
Can anyone add any light on this problem please? I've banned the IPs using htaccess - too early to see if its going to make any difference.
Have you added hotlink protection to your site?
I have now yes, and that's cured it.
At appears that there are some online mp3 programs which spider websites and add the music to play lists - and I uploaded a track called 'Summer Dance' which I guess must sound interesting as that was how the bandwidth was being sucked.
good to hear.