Over the past couple of days one of our virtual web hosts has seen a large rise in 404s and a little investigation shows that these are down to the Baidu spider. Oddly, the paths it is trying to retrieve belong to a different domain (not one of ours, and sufficiently similar to raise concerns - ie. not just different suffix or one different character).
This raises the possibility of a bug within the Baidu spider itself, but I’ve not seen any other reports of this happening. Has anyone else seen this behaviour or are we the (un)lucky ones?
Update: This finally stopped about 6 months after it began. I’ve heard no reports of similar activity elsewhere and am still putting it down to a bug within the Baidu spider.