Statistics do provide interesting viewing!

I have the  Awstats service installed on my server, I realised recently that I was getting a lot of hits from one particular IP range. On further investigation it was reviled that they are (providing the IP isn’t being spoofed) not too far away! (within 3Km)

whois 147.66.8.158

OrgName:    Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
OrgID:      APNIC
Address:    PO Box 2131
City:       Milton
StateProv:  QLD
PostalCode: 4064
Country:    AU

ReferralServer: whois://whois.apnic.net

NetRange:   147.66.0.0 – 147.66.255.255
CIDR:       147.66.0.0/16
NetName:    APNIC-ERX-147-66-0-0
NetHandle:  NET-147-66-0-0-1
Parent:     NET-147-0-0-0-0
NetType:    Early Registrations, Transferred to APNIC
Comment:    This IP address range is not registered in the ARIN database.
Comment:    This range was transferred to the APNIC Whois Database as
Comment:    part of the ERX (Early Registration Transfer) project.
Comment:    For details, refer to the APNIC Whois Database via
Comment:    WHOIS.APNIC.NET or http://wq.apnic.net/apnic-bin/whois.pl
Comment:
Comment:    ** IMPORTANT NOTE: APNIC is the Regional Internet Registry
Comment:    for the Asia Pacific region.  APNIC does not operate networks
Comment:    using this IP address range and is not able to investigate
Comment:    spam or abuse reports relating to these addresses.  For more
Comment:    help, refer to
RegDate:    2003-10-08
Updated:    2009-10-08

OrgTechHandle: AWC12-ARIN
OrgTechName:   APNIC Whois Contact
OrgTechPhone:  +61 7 3858 3188
OrgTechEmail:  search-apnic-not-arin@apnic.net

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2010-01-21 20:00
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN’s WHOIS database.
#
# ARIN WHOIS data and services are subject to the Terms of Use
# available at https://www.arin.net/whois_tou.html

Found a referral to whois.apnic.net.

% [whois.apnic.net node-1]
% Whois data copyright terms   

inetnum:      147.66.0.0 – 147.66.255.255
netname:      ANARE-NET
descr:        Australian Government Antarctic Division
country:      AU
admin-c:      TP161-AP
tech-c:       TP161-AP
status:       ALLOCATED PORTABLE
mnt-by:       APNIC-HM
mnt-lower:    MNT-ERX-AUSTANTDIV-NON-AU
changed:      hostmaster@arin.net 19920420
changed:      hm-changed@apnic.net 20030910
changed:      hm-changed@apnic.net 20070125
source:       APNIC

person:       Tim Parr
address:      203 Channel Hwy
address:      Kingston, TAS
address:      Australia  7050
country:      AU
phone:        +61 3 6232 3140
fax-no:       +61 3 6283 2140
e-mail:       tim.parr@aad.gov.au
nic-hdl:      TP161-AP
mnt-by:       MAINT-NEW
changed:      hm-changed@apnic.net 20070125
source:       APNIC

Now the person/persons who have some interest in my server kindly like to explain them selves?  😀

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