I just happened to be looking at my Piwik dashboard, when I noticed a new visitor, from a referer that I get all the time. Nothing out of the odinary. But then another and another and another. All from Finland! All from the same referer. All different system info.
In 30 minutes, the visitor count more than doubled our all time high visitor count. The majority all from Finland, looks like ~75%, but several other random countries sprinkled in.
This can’t be anything natural. It must be some kind of bot. Is this an attack of some kind?
Almost an hour now since it started, and they’re still coming! At first, they were looking through 15 to 20 pages over 2 or 3 minutes. Now most of them are looking at one page and leaving.
My site is very new and still pretty small. We’ve only gone over 100 visitors (by Piwik’s count) twice. It was looking like we would top out around 70 to 80 visits by midnight. The last time I had looked at it tonight, it was in the 60s. But in the last 1 hour it shot up to 220. We’ve had more visits in the last half hour than we ever get, all day! And they’re still coming!!
What is this?? It must be a bot, and I don’t understand why Piwik thinks it’s not. What can I do to have Piwik ignore…whatever this is??
I’m not sure what kind of info you might need. But let me know, and I’ll provide it.
Thank you very much!