Here is the official Digital Isle party line. The part that I like is
"3) Respond to this message requesting we stop pinging your server. In this event our pinging will cease in several days."
Several days? I'm wondering if I can send a bill to Digital Isle for beta testing their product on my time and bandwidth without even asking me.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by pings (ICMP_ECHO packets)
coming from our machines. Your server was being pinged as part of our
real-time "network weather" mapping system called Best Distributor
Selection. BDS is an essential part of Footprint, Digital Island's
intelligent network service offering. It is used to optimize
performance when your customers access the web resources of our
Many large web publishers, such as AOL, CNBC and Blue Mountain, use
our Footprint service to speed up the delivery of their web content.
Our system intelligently matches browsers to the servers on our
Footprint network that will provide the best performance. The dynamic
nature of routing and congestion on the Internet make it necessary for
us to constantly update our maps.
Our network was pinging your system because it appeared to be a name
server with a sufficient number of resolution requests for our
customer web sites to be placed on the list of network nodes to be
constantly observed for Internet congestion.
By pinging your name server, we can provide better quality of service
to your users when they access the web sites of our expanding customer
list. We hope you will consider granting us permission to continue
pinging a name server in your domain.
Sandpiper Networks merged with Digital Island in December 1999, which
is why some of the machines pinging you were in digisle.net.
At this point you can:
1) Do nothing. Please accept our apologies and be assured that your
machines are not being pinged by a hostile party.
2) Tell us if there is an alternate name server in your IP address
space that you would like us to ping. We will direct future ping
traffic to it.
3) Respond to this message requesting we stop pinging your server. In
this event our pinging will cease in several days.
Digital Island, Inc.