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Anyone else know Online SAS?

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Hi everyone, apologies if this has already been covered,

 

I've noticed the ISP "Online SAS" sending a lot of traffic from France with all the signs of spam hits across a number of accounts.... has anyone else had this problem? It's spreading like wildfire - this is definitely spam right?

In this example:
- 73% of total users for the last 7-8 months
- 100% Bounce rate for the last 7-8 months

- 1 Page/Session for the last 7-8 months

 

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Hi Harry,

 

Thanks for starting this conversation! I see similar results popping up in Google Analytics. It all started in May of this year. At Device Category it's clear it's all desktop (99.85%) with Screen Resolution 1024 x 768.

 - Coming from Paris

- Using different browser versions

- Going through French pages only

- Operating system Windows

 

I'd like to learn more about this topic. How can I exclude them? Why is Online SAS doing this? Can I see who is behind this? What are these bots doing on site?

Anyone else know Online SAS?

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Hi Hans,

 

Currently the only way I am excluding them is adding it as an ISP exclusion filter (whether there's a more efficient way I am not sure).  It seems to have stopped the traffic on accounts I've done this for so far, but I am only seeing it on some accounts, not all.

 

I did get some interesting insights from someone else when I asked this on LinkedIn, and the response I got was..

"no idea on Online SAS - however that doesn't look like spam, it is much too regular. Looks more like a website polling server which is visiting about once per hour to check the website is alive. Just my thoughts ...."

 

I'm not sure what a website polling server is, but from what I've read on closely related (?) articles is that it opens and closes connections with a server when new content is released...so if content is updated regularly, I am assuming there would be more connections. (I have no idea if that is correct). 

 

https://www.quora.com/Why-would-HTTP-long-polling-be-used-instead-of-HTTP-Streaming-to-achieve-real-...

 

If you find anything else on this let us know on here! I'd love to find it out as no one else seems to know what Online SAS is, and I can't find anything for it online.

 

Anyone else know Online SAS?

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Hi @Harry W & @Hans N

 

Im also seeing the same results in my website:

 

99% of Direct Traffic from Ile-de-France 

99% of these direct traffic from New Users

100% Bounce Rate

 

Have you already found anything on this? Are we sure this is bot traffic? Thanks!

Anyone else know Online SAS?

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Hi Gio,

 

So far all I have found is the above - some seem to think it's not spam, but the real trend is no one knows!  I haven't had time to really dive into any more research recently but I am still keen to find out what this traffic is as more and more people are seeing this.  

 

For now, I've been excluding it in filters as mentioned above which has done the trick, but it isn't solving what this type of traffic is. All the metrics indicate spam but as one user said on a separate post it looks like consistent so it might equally be something else - bot traffic from some monitoring software for example as one user mentioned.

 

I did look for companies that offer website and server monitoring as a service, for example https://www.panopta.com/I asked if they had heard of Online SAS but I never got a response.  Perhaps someone else might have more luck?

 

Thanks

Harry

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Hi @Harry W

 

Thanks for the response. I also posted a question re this issue yesterday and got answer from @Carlos Escalera who also wrote a useful guide on unnatural direct traffic. He suggests that it's probably bot traffic, as you also mentioned. (see thread here)

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same issue on our website

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I have found this information:

 

ONLINE S.A.S.

8, rue de la Ville L'eveque
75008 Paris
FRANCE

phone:   +33173502000
fax:  +33173502001
e-mail:  ripe-lirml (at) proxad (dot) net

Areas serviced:   FR

 

ripe-lirml@proxad.com