Anyone recognise this error log pattern: 3 requests for ampersand ?

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Subject: Anyone recognise this error log pattern: 3 requests for ampersand ?
Posted by:  me (…@example.com)
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010

:-)

For years now I have seen this pattern in my error log: 3 requests within a
few seconds for "&". Can anyone tell me what is going on? Are these actual
visitors? It seems like some kind of automated snooping, but I don't see the
point.

Marc.

[Sun Aug 01 22:51:00 2010] [error] [client 77.248.24.65] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Sun Aug 01 22:51:00 2010] [error] [client 77.248.24.65] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Sun Aug 01 22:51:00 2010] [error] [client 77.248.24.65] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 02 07:07:24 2010] [error] [client 84.123.122.60] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 02 07:07:26 2010] [error] [client 84.123.122.60] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 02 07:07:29 2010] [error] [client 84.123.122.60] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Tue Aug 03 18:34:10 2010] [error] [client 77.211.108.63] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Tue Aug 03 18:34:11 2010] [error] [client 77.211.108.63] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Tue Aug 03 18:34:12 2010] [error] [client 77.211.108.63] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Wed Aug 04 18:33:38 2010] [error] [client 194.153.113.8] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 05 00:36:06 2010] [error] [client 87.221.198.175] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 05 00:36:06 2010] [error] [client 87.221.198.175] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 05 00:36:06 2010] [error] [client 87.221.198.175] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 05 19:43:51 2010] [error] [client 94.38.14.79] File does not exist:
/httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 05 19:43:51 2010] [error] [client 94.38.14.79] File does not exist:
/httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 05 19:43:51 2010] [error] [client 94.38.14.79] File does not exist:
/httpdocs/&
[Fri Aug 06 00:00:36 2010] [error] [client 92.85.33.163] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Fri Aug 06 00:00:37 2010] [error] [client 92.85.33.163] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Fri Aug 06 00:00:37 2010] [error] [client 92.85.33.163] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Fri Aug 06 06:15:31 2010] [error] [client 77.211.158.161] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Fri Aug 06 06:15:32 2010] [error] [client 77.211.158.161] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Fri Aug 06 06:15:32 2010] [error] [client 77.211.158.161] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Sat Aug 07 21:52:13 2010] [error] [client 88.23.190.96] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Sat Aug 07 21:52:13 2010] [error] [client 88.23.190.96] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Sat Aug 07 21:52:14 2010] [error] [client 88.23.190.96] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 09 09:02:39 2010] [error] [client 77.211.116.106] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 09 09:02:40 2010] [error] [client 77.211.116.106] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 09 09:02:41 2010] [error] [client 77.211.116.106] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 09 16:05:55 2010] [error] [client 80.191.195.122] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 09 16:05:55 2010] [error] [client 80.191.195.122] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Mon Aug 09 16:05:56 2010] [error] [client 80.191.195.122] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Tue Aug 10 20:27:05 2010] [error] [client 82.159.82.225] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Tue Aug 10 20:27:05 2010] [error] [client 82.159.82.225] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Tue Aug 10 20:27:05 2010] [error] [client 82.159.82.225] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 12 03:38:55 2010] [error] [client 77.208.56.59] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 12 03:38:56 2010] [error] [client 77.208.56.59] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&
[Thu Aug 12 03:38:56 2010] [error] [client 77.208.56.59] File does not
exist: /httpdocs/&

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