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today I had a strange experience with my ISP. They disabled my password for internet connection, and when I called them, they enabled it again, but they didn't say why it happened.

In the last couple of days I was running a data mining that I made for one forum to get some useful info about business that I'm in.

So I thought, maybe my ISP figured that 10,000 page requests in couple of hours to the same site may be some kind of attack.

What do you think, does it qualify as an attack? Is it even ok to data mine in that way?

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OK, I figured that if there is datamining tags on this site, maybe this is the right place to ask –  Hybryd Jun 3 '10 at 19:11
hmmm. this seems better suited to a discussion forum; it's rather subjective and, as pointed out in the answers below, more of an ethics question or something you should direct to your ISP or the sites that are the target of your data mining. closing. –  quack quixote Jun 3 '10 at 19:29

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Ethical question. Some people say yes, other people say no.

But automated systems will interpret your flood of requests as an attack. If this happens, just add a delay between requests, and gradually increase the delay until people stop complaining.

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OK, great! In your expirience, how long does the delay need to be. I just need some borders... Is it 1, 10, 30 seconds? –  ttkalec Jun 3 '10 at 19:21

Yes, it could be considered as an attack. Although giving some definite answers is imho, nothing but subjective.

It would be best to directly ask the technical service of an ISP that directly. Different ISP's have different rules about those technical details, making this rather hard to answer.

Personally, when doing "out of the ordinary" stuff for a legitimate reason, it is best to call and ask beforehand. Everyone responds better upon first being asked for permission.

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