October 22, 2003
Google Crawling IRC?
Lately, we’ve had this bot on a private IRC network scanning the links:

[OV] MOTD requested by eddie52 (Eddie@xxx-xxx-xx-x.google.com) [irc.xxxxxxxxx.com]
[OV] LINKS ” requested by eddie52 (Eddie@xxx-xxx-xx-x.google.com) [irc.xxxxxxxxx.com]
[WI] eddie07!~Eddie@xxx-xxx-xx-x.google.com (walso)

IPs and hostnames changed to protect the innocent and shy. The IP the bot comes from is inside an IP block belonging to Google. Interesting.

Posted by tony at October 22, 2003 01:54 PM | TrackBack

[1:38am] eddie17 (~Eddie@216-239-45-4.google.com) has joined. «27 people»
[1:39am] eddie17 «~Eddie@216-239-45-4.google.com» has Quit iRC (Read error: Connection reset by peer)

[8:07pm] eddie25 (~Eddie@216-239-45-4.google.com) has joined. «27 people»
[8:09pm] eddie25 (~Eddie@216-239-45-4.google.com) has parted. «26 people»

It uses several different number combinations after the ‘eddie’.

This bot has been seen numerous times in the past 2 weeks on several channels on the irc.mircx.com network. It joins the channel, does nothing for like a minute, and parts, over and over and over again. Constantly.

Posted by: Manick on October 26, 2003 01:05 AM
Yeah, I’ve seen exactly the same behavior on some channels on GIMPnet. Interesting.

Posted by: Robert on October 26, 2003 07:52 AM
Today eddie08 was observed on a really small non-announced network with only one channel, is it our google overlords trying to do some social network experiments?.

The things it can figure out is basically: MOTD, Topics of channels, names of channels, nicks on channel, real name (etc),. and hostnames of participants.

Posted by: Pippin on October 28, 2003 10:24 AM
I am also very curious about what it’s doing. It’s not like it is hanging around long enough to log the chat.

Posted by: Jooon on October 28, 2003 03:47 PM
Also at our network an ‘Eddie’ has join with these characteristics.

for example:

[04:38:52] Connecting: eddie07 (Eddie@216-239-45-4.google.com)
[] {users} [walso]
[04:42:17] Exiting: eddie07 (Eddie@216-239-45-4.google.com)
[] [eddie07]

Posted by: Chaosje on October 28, 2003 09:47 PM
I sent google an e-mail about and asked what it was for, just curious. They asked what ip address eddie was using. Since then I haven’t seen him around. Not really my intention to make eddie disappear. He looked harmless enough.

Posted by: Jooon on November 1, 2003 09:51 PM
The answer:

Hi Jon,

Thank you for your note. The unusual activity you are observing is part
of an experiment aimed at improving Google’s search quality. Please be
assured that this behavior is only temporary.

If it is adversely affecting your server, please let us know, and we will
stop the activity.

The Google Team

Posted by: Jooon on November 3, 2003 01:46 PM
this job could be used for gathering data,like name,real name,.. and also as all of us do,we share our knowledge in IRC,we exchange our links,mp3,… so Google Bot can obtian more resource for Google Crawlers.

Posted by: JraNil on November 4, 2003 11:55 AM
Be very afraid…

the machine awaketh…

Posted by: Sam on November 4, 2003 01:01 PM