Webhosting for Internet scanning?

Started by AvniShergill, Sep 03, 2022, 12:08 AM

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Is there any hosting provider that offers colocation/dedicated/virtual scans? Ideally, I'm interested in providers who permit (or don't explicitly forbid) internet scanning. It would be great if you could share your personal experience on this matter.

The scanning process will cover all IP addresses except backup ones. Essentially, the goal is to develop a service that works similarly to Netcraft.

Could you clarify what it means to be blacklisted by Google? To be clear, I don't provide any web services on my site, nor do I intend to conduct SEO specifically for Google search. If necessary, everything is distributed across different servers with different IPs, each serving its own purpose. Additionally, I'm uncertain about what "dubious" entails in your understanding.

Can you provide further details about the actions that pertain to me?


What is the specific purpose of your scanning? Are you using tools like AllSubmitter/xrum? If so, your actions may be classified as "doubtful." Persistence in such behavior could lead to blacklisting by Google. Additionally, it's unlikely that any hosting provider would knowingly want their IP to be blacklisted.

It would be helpful if you could provide additional details about the nature and goals of your scanning efforts. Keep in mind that "doubtful" refers to suspicious activities originating from your IP address, such as excessive site scanning or frequent search queries, which may indicate the presence of specialized software or viruses. Google typically prompts users to enter captcha codes in response to such behavior, and repeated instances may result in your IP being blacklisted, regardless of any legitimate sites hosted on it.

Hosting providers are also likely to receive warnings regarding this kind of activity.

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Keep in mind that running a scanner can be resource-intensive and may put a significant load on your system and network interfaces, potentially consuming all available bandwidth. If you engage in scanning without notifying your hosting provider, it may appear to them as if you are launching a DDoS attack, leading to swift disconnection from the network. Furthermore, if you attempt to scan the entire Internet, you may provoke negative reactions, resulting in complaints against you from various parties.

Automated letters of complaints stating "you are scanning us" will likely land in your hosting provider's inbox, and the administrators of scanned networks may quickly detect and block your activity. As popular Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) have specific rules for dealing with this type of scanning, alerts will automatically be generated, thereby increasing the likelihood of being caught and reported.


Finding a hosting provider that permits internet scanning can be challenging as many providers have policies in place to prevent such activities due to security concerns. It is recommended to carefully review the terms of service of different providers to see if they explicitly permit or forbid internet scanning.

Regarding Google blacklisting, it typically refers to a situation where a website or IP address is marked by Google as potentially malicious or engaging in suspicious activities. This can happen if your site is infected with malware, involved in phishing attempts, or violates other security measures. If a website is blacklisted, it may be flagged as potentially harmful by Google's search engine, which can impact its visibility and reputation.

"Dubious" generally means something that is suspicious or questionable. In the context you mentioned, it could refer to activities that are potentially against the terms of service of a hosting provider or violate legal regulations.

For specific details about actions that pertain to you, it's best to consult with a legal professional who can offer advice based on your unique circumstances and jurisdiction. They will be able to provide accurate guidance regarding any potential legal implications related to your scanning activities.