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Detecting hotlinking

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I have a strange problem detecting hotlinking using .htaccess with IIS.

I check to see if the referrer linking to my images contains So, if the
referrer is, I allow the connection.

BUT - sometimes the referrer does not contain the domain name and is:

First of all, I didn't know that a referrer could NOT contain a domain name. Second, how
is this done - is this a legit link to my image or is it a trick?

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