Web Crawler Access Detection - AhrefsBot

Info Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 9206

Synopsis

Requests observed to this server indicate it was accessed by the AhrefsBot automated web crawler.

Description

Ahref's 'AhrefsBot' recently discovered and indexed web content available on this server. Crawling is the process by which various search engine bots discover new and updated pages to be added to their search results. These automated scans are conducted regularly (or periodically) to peruse the entire public IP space (including domain listings) in order to update their search results.

Solution

Determine if the affected service or content should be externally accessible. In the event this server cannot be removed from the public realm, consider implementing 'robots.txt' to help limit automated bots from scanning sensitive zones within the site.

See Also

http://ahrefs.com/robot

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_crawler

Plugin Details

Severity: Info

ID: 9206

Family: Generic

Published: 2016/04/06

Modified: 2018/05/18

Dependencies: 9179

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Info