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How do you deal with bandwidth Theft and Hotlinkers?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by cookiejar, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. cookiejar

    cookiejar Regular Member

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    So some not too smart webmaster has decided to hotlink an image on my site, hell he ripped the whole post which included the pic and reposted everything word for word on his site, which by the way is in the same niche.

    In the past I would use htaacess and just stuff the .img with my preferred affiliate link. I also have hot link protection in my cpanel (not activated) so in the future I could use that.

    I know how to stop it, but since he's been leeching band width from me, I wanted to take it a step further.

    I've calmed down from wanting to DDOS attack his site, but Id rather profit from his severe mistake. SMFH What luck does he have deciding to rip and leech bandwidth from a blackhatter named cookiejar? The future is looking grim for his traffic.

    What are some of your methods?
     
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  2. Remington

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    I'd make the pic into a giant ad for my own site, but if the post is on a page he'll actually look at, he may just take it down (but leave the rest of the post up).

    A nastier trick that nags at the back of my memory is to name some kind of script after the image, so it runs every time it gets a view. Maybe some kind of redirect that'll hijack all the traffic back to wherever you want...like to your own site. Unfortunately, I don't know the specifics of how to set that up - I haven't had a hotlinker with enough traffic to make doing that worth it...
     
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  3. xsubodh

    xsubodh Junior Member

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    Just solve the problem by enabling hotlink protection on your CPanel. Whay would you want to bag yourself more work by being vendective :)
    But if you looking to make profit you could do so by replacing your pics with banner adverts.
     
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    UNDƎRCAT Registered Member

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    Is he getting a lot of traffic? Search his site for an image which requires a lot of CPU to generate, like a report or so. Probably no such image on a simple site, but worth try. If no image, then find the largest image he's got. Redirect the image he steals from you to that url, and watch him burn his CPU cycles or bandwidth.
    This will only work if one can actually redirect the img src="" request, which I have never tried. Just an idea...
     
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  5. cookiejar

    cookiejar Regular Member

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    Thanks for the reply, not trying to be vindictive more like trying to teach a lesson :D His site is a known forum ***, which recieves a whole lot of visitors I run a whole lot of autoblogs on my domain and don't need some webmaster of a FORUM to be leeching my bandwidth, and being that he ripped my whole post and didn't credit me, doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

    I understand your point though, don't fight fire with fire, but in this case I might actually be helping other webmasters from falling victim by teaching a lesson.
     
  6. cookiejar

    cookiejar Regular Member

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    Remington, thanks for idea, I really like that one. some sort of java injection would do the trick, I'm going to research that.