Strange Error Log Hits

If you monitor your website error log, you often see strange events. For example, I saw three near-simultaneous hits to an incorrect URL from three different continents! One hit each from Fort Mitchell (Kentucky, USA), Seoul (South Korea), and Jiddah (Saudi Arabia).

[Thu Jan 01 11:27:16 2009] [error] [client] File does not exist: /
[Thu Jan 01 11:27:22 2009] [error] [client] File does not exist: /
[Thu Jan 01 11:27:23 2009] [error] [client] File does not exist: /

Why? And where did the broken path “chucHTTP” come from? It makes one worry about international conspiracies, but it is probably just a poorly coded botnet harvester.

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