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Blacklisted

The IP address of this site has been listed by the Composite Blocking List. The result of this is that you may not be able to receive emails from the site, such as you normally would if you had subscribed to comments. It appears that infected emails are coming from the address. It’s not a report of infection from browsing any site.

This site’s IP address is shared by multiple web sites, so the cause of the problem could be (and I think probably is) someone else sharing the IP address. Nevertheless, mail blocking works by IP address alone.

Update: I received the following reply from the hosting company:

We need several days to solve this issue.

I can understand that. Finding the infection, eliminating it, and preventing re-infection is a big deal. They will probably have to work with another account holder and have them change their password. While not an immediate solution, I like this kind of an answer. They understood the problem right away and didn’t make me jump through hoops to prove that it wasn’t my problem.

Update 2:

It appears that my IP address is no longer in the CBL.

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8 Responses to Blacklisted

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    ObiWanCannoli June 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this RBL (Realtime Block List) before. I doubt most messaging admins know enough about CBL to include it in their RBL spam filter modules. The inbound email server for the obamaconspiracy.org is at 67.215.65.132. If whoever is hosting this server allows relaying outbound emails, you can change all the email plug-ins to this address and make a couple of changes to your DNS records to avoid future block listings. ISPs won’t let their SMTP servers to be block listed.

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    Julius B Censor June 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    “blacklisted” is racist.

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    Dr. Conspiracy June 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    The issue is that the Spamhaus XBL automatically includes data from CBL. That’s what triggered rejection of emails to at least one person who subscribed to comments.

    ObiWanCannoli: I’ve never heard of this RBL (Realtime Block List) before. I doubt most messaging admins know enough about CBL to include it in their RBL spam filter modules.

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    CarlOrcas June 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    The issue is that the Spamhaus XBL automatically includes data from CBL. That’s what triggered rejectionof emails to at least one person who subscribed to comments.

    I wonder if it is a combination of things? CenturyLink is my ISP and last week they had serious problems keeping their DNS servers up and straight for any extended period of time. They were completely down for almost two days last weekend.

    Today it’s happening again but not as serious as last week and, obviously, I can get on your site though I had intermittent problems earlier today.

    The biggest problem right now? It keeps saying it can’t find the NBC News server!!

    FYI….the problem is the same with both FireFox and IE.

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    Craig June 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Yeah, I was unable to get to this site at all last night, using firefox.

    Cold turkey is no way to treat an addiction! Well okay, maybe it is, but only if I was actually planning to go cold… wait, whaddaya mean it didn’t need my permission?

    Hmmm. I wonder if this would work for Birthers and their online echo chambers…

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 1, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    The site was down last night due to a power failure.

    Craig: Yeah, I was unable to get to this site at all last night, using firefox.

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    ScottRS July 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Coincidence? Within the last week, one of the mail servers sending out ECF (Electronic Case Filing) mail from certain federal courts in the midwest ALSO mysteriously appeared on CBL.

    Wheels within wheels, connect the dots, etc. etc. /snark

    It made for an entertaining day on the receiving end when the Court re-mailed the several hundred ECF emails I had missed.

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 3, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    It appears that my IP address is no longer in the CBL.