Help, I can't see this page, why not ?!

Well, the most likely reason (assuming you can’t see any page on this site) is that you’ve been blocked from reading this page … and site … probably because you’ve been doing something you shouldn’t have, or someone using the Internet in your location has been doing something they shouldn’t have. If for example you’re reading this page and you’re from Saudi Arabia, then the chances are that you are either not in Saudi right now, or you’re proxying your connection via a different country.

Another example;

Dear user of IP address (which would be attributable to,

You can’t read this page because today, you accessed the site over 12 and a half thousand times.

  • this is a little bit ‘piggy’.

If you would like to use a crawler / spider, firstly don’t run it against this site, and secondly, learn to configure it properly before pointing it at someone else’s site. If you are not using a crawler, then there is something seriously wrong with your computer.

If you would like to continue to use this site, please fix your computer or otherwise immobilise the user of said crawler (taser, handcuffs, polonium-210 - whatever works for you) then let me know. If on the other hand you would like to provide an arrogant or abusive response to this posting, I would be happy to block more IP’s from the associated address range.

Mad Penguin.

… incidentally, “Mad” does not refer to mental illness, merely my reaction to having to perform site maintenance and blocking on weekends.

Dear Julius Mittenzwei of the Chaos Computer Club in Hamburg,

You have now been blocked.

Scanning the site for potential exploits is a no-no.
(“Scannen Sie die Website für potenzielle Angriffe ist ein no-no.”)


Dear Borta Catalin of Atom Hosting in Sibu,

Your network has now been blocked a result of IP address probing the site for exploits.

Hah, I’ve seen Romanian ministers on Telly claiming that come the new year we wouldn’t have lots of Romanians trying to get in!

How wrong was he!!


Dear Martin Holub of Vienna,

Your address range ( - has now been blocked.

… this is great, it seems hackers talk to each other and once one reports a hacked site, he tells everyone else and they go have a look see. Flip side is that if is it’s fixed in the meantime, the site gets to record all the hackers looking at files that the general public don’t know exist, and hey presto, we generate quite a nice little list of hackers!

(or of course people who’s machines have been compromised!)

Dear Ada Pascal, all the way from sunny Cyprus,

Please can you let user of address that this isn’t the exploit they’re looking for.

Oh yes, and your network is now blocked.


Dear Erik Zhi,

It appears that not all Canadians are the nice fluffy people we think them to be.

You appear to have someone at Uniserve who has been tasked with searching the net for remote exploits.

You might point out that once all script kiddies start using the same toolkit to search for such exploits, that toolkit becomes a signature that’s very easy to spot and track. In this instance the juvenile in question has been using IP address



Dear Ali Niknam of TransIP,

Shame on you!

You’re letting someone on your network search for “pingnow” signatures which is an embedded Wordpress vulnerability.

Specifically from IP

In fact I would guess the machine at this location has been compromised as it’s carrying an arabic signature.



Oh Dear, Moritz Bartl,

You too I’m afraid.

“pingnow”, no not any more … and as for /etc/passwd, I’m afraid we don’t use that file!




Dear Sergey,

It appears that someone at SpaceWeb is bored, specifically someone at IP

If you can locate the individual concerned I feel sure they would be ideal candidates for the up and coming mission to Mars.

In the meantime, blocked.


Dear … mmm … this appears to be an IBM company … better not be too abusive … Nice people at Softlayer,

It appears that someone on your network is scanning our sites for potential remote exploits.

They are using IP address which lies on your network.

Please could you ask them very nicely indeed if they would care to cease and desist!

If on the other hand somebody else has breached their computer, might one suggest they wipe and reinstall it?

Much obliged I’m sure.

In the meantime YOU’RE BLOCKED.