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Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Cruise » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:41 pm

I can track who is visiting my website, and there are so many visits from China. I don't sell products, just services, which cannot be useful in China. So, IT & security professionals, what is happening here?

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Kenkat » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:45 pm

You are being probed for vulnerabilities. Keep your OS, servers and firewalls patched; you might be able to configure your firewall / border network to reject IP ranges coming from locations you have no interest in reaching.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by bberris » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:01 pm

They are probably using VPN. Russians again!
I'll second recommendations on improving security but filtering by nationality probably isn't enough.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by otinkyad » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:03 pm

If I am feeling too good about the world, and even reading the comments on news sites isn't helping, I turn to reading firewall logs. Imagine dozens of people all over your house, like ants, trying to get in all the time.

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Post by denovo » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:03 pm

Cruise wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:41 pm
I can track who is visiting my website, and there are so many visits from China. I don't sell products, just services, which cannot be useful in China. So, IT & security professionals, what is happening here?
May help if we know what services....

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Cruise » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:18 pm

otinkyad wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:03 pm
If I am feeling too good about the world, and even reading the comments on news sites isn't helping, I turn to reading firewall logs. Imagine dozens of people all over your house, like ants, trying to get in all the time.
LOL. I just looked at my laptop McAfee firewall log, and I need some roach spray!

Thanks everybody for your insights. My website is hosted off-site, so the Chinese are the problem for someone else.

My "services" could be useful to Chinese or Russian intelligence, but do they really need drain cleaning? (just kidding!)

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by tibbitts » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:31 pm

Cruise wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:18 pm
otinkyad wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:03 pm
If I am feeling too good about the world, and even reading the comments on news sites isn't helping, I turn to reading firewall logs. Imagine dozens of people all over your house, like ants, trying to get in all the time.
LOL. I just looked at my laptop McAfee firewall log, and I need some roach spray!

Thanks everybody for your insights. My website is hosted off-site, so the Chinese are the problem for someone else.

My "services" could be useful to Chinese or Russian intelligence, but do they really need drain cleaning? (just kidding!)
I don't understand the comment about your laptop. Websites need various ports open to provide services. Your ISP and/or residential router would block virtually all inbound connections before your laptop sees them.

Whether the website is a problem for you depends on the volume of probes and the sophistication of the web host. It wouldn't be unusual for a website to be unavailable due to traffic like you describe.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by whodidntante » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:42 pm

Cruise wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:18 pm
otinkyad wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:03 pm
If I am feeling too good about the world, and even reading the comments on news sites isn't helping, I turn to reading firewall logs. Imagine dozens of people all over your house, like ants, trying to get in all the time.
LOL. I just looked at my laptop McAfee firewall log, and I need some roach spray!

Thanks everybody for your insights. My website is hosted off-site, so the Chinese are the problem for someone else.

My "services" could be useful to Chinese or Russian intelligence, but do they really need drain cleaning? (just kidding!)
It's not a good idea to have a personal computer directly exposed to the Internet with a public IP. Use a hardware firewall and NAT, today.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Rob5TCP » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:50 pm

My website (run by Godaddy) gets 1/2 of its hits from China. There is NOTHING in my services (IT) that would be even the vaguest of uses for Chinese companies. MY site is strictly to look for new business. My current clients really never look at my site. I also get plenty of visitors from India (and tons of email from Indian companies about improving my website position.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Cruise » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:05 pm

All: Thanks for your insights.

For those who are worried about my laptop and my isp and my website, no worries. Thank you for your concern.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by CyberBob » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:39 pm

I always find looking at the web server logs amusing.

Just last week I was getting a lot of probes from a purported Chinese IP address. They were looking for a vulnerability in a particular contact-manager program.

It seems that whoever was looking isn't too sophisticated, because not only do I not have that program on the server, but the vulnerability they were looking for was patched in 2013!

Wanna-be hackers, doing random probes.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by sksbog » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:46 pm

You can block visitors from other continents /regions or countries. Alternatively you can only allow us visitors.

Pm me if you need details on how. I will point you to the documentation from amazon/azure.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Raybo » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:02 pm

I don't get much traffic on my site (<1000 hits a day), so it easy to tell when I've have been targeted by a crackbot. I turned off all Ukraine and Russian IPs from hitting my site, which dropped the probe rate significantly.

The cracking attempts are obvious and easy to defeat after some simple analysis of what they try to do.
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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by pondering » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:52 pm

Weigh the value of what you post there if it were to be hacked.

There's quite a bit that you can post that is essentially hack proof.

What are you posting that you would be worried about if it got hacked?
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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by DaftInvestor » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:12 am

If you sell anything (services or products) you might have names and credit card data. Even if you sell nothing and allow people to register you may have usernames and passwords- since many people use the same usernames and passwords on multiple sites these are always good to get. Any data you have may have some use to hackers - hackers probe all public facing sites.
And you have not idea if it is the Chineese - just because the public IP address appears to be a China registered address doesn't mean that's where the traffic is originating.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by (gekko) » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:05 am

Kenkat wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:45 pm
You are being probed for vulnerabilities. Keep your OS, servers and firewalls patched; you might be able to configure your firewall / border network to reject IP ranges coming from locations you have no interest in reaching.
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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by roflwaffle » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:12 am

(gekko) wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:05 am
Kenkat wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:45 pm
You are being probed for vulnerabilities. Keep your OS, servers and firewalls patched; you might be able to configure your firewall / border network to reject IP ranges coming from locations you have no interest in reaching.
+ 1
+2

When I had SSH up and open to the net on my little web server at home I would constantly get what I'm guessing are bots from China trying to brute force their way in.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Epsilon Delta » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:46 am

Or possibly you have something that tickles the fancy of some online community. I.e. you've been slashdotted on a tiny scale.

It's really impossible to say that nobody in China is interested in your website. People have weird interests. If nothing else your website could be used as an good example (or a horrible warning).

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by FraggleRock » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:01 pm

我不知道.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by azurekep » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:32 pm

I think the thread title is okay.

These constructions would have sounded bad:

Why are the Chinese visiting my website?

You Chinese, why are you visiting my website?

The absolute safest (as alluded to earlier) would be to word it:

"Why am I getting so many hits from China?"

That shifts the focus to location and away from a particular group or class of people.

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Cruise » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:40 pm

FraggleRock wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:01 pm
我不知道.
谢谢

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by LadyGeek » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:03 pm

I removed an off-topic comment and several replies. As a reminder, see: General Etiquette
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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by jhfenton » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:38 pm

对不起。 那是我。 我爱你的网站。

(那不是我。 但我会说一点中文。)

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Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

Post by Cruise » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:17 am

你很好玩。 我喜欢谷歌翻译。

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Post by LadyGeek » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:09 pm

我也喜欢谷歌翻译。

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