Spamhaus Blocklist Removal Center is no more (soon)

Earlier today, Spamhaus announced via their News blog that their Blocklist Removal Center is being sunset. The organization indicated the decade-old page needed a refresh to improve its usefulness to users of all technical skill levels. The new page, dubbed IP and Domain Reputation Checker, contains a single field used to check both IPs and domains against Spamhaus-hosted blocklists.

Performing a lookup on a blocked IP address results in a user-friendly page indicating the IP is blocked with additional detail about which list(s) and why:

The Spamhaus results page that indicates your IP is on a blocklist. It features details about the listing and the Removal process.

In addition, the page also provides clear delisting instructions and some additional insight about the pertinent blocklist:

Spamhaus blocklist results page, continued.

Throughout, the information retains a friendly and helpful tone, acknowledging that most people who end up on this page are likely victims of bad practices (whether their own or others’) and not guilty of outright malice. And for those who are guilty of outright malice? They’re probably not getting delisted either way.

– BG

Protected Sky blacklist a fraud?

Had trouble with your IPs being listed on the Protected Sky blacklist (bad.psky.me)? You’re not alone. Since the blacklist came onto the scene in 2015, many senders have bemoaned the lack of delisting process and high rate of false positives, as well as the inability to contact anyone working for the list provider.

Recently, Spamhaus issued a statement revealing that this list was fraudulently republishing IP listings from the Spamhaus blacklists by siphoning the data from a user of the Spamhaus data feeds. The affected user has since added security measures to prevent this data from being passed to Protected Sky.

Personally, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen mail rejected solely due to a Protected Sky listing, but after this announcement it’s a pretty safe bet that anyone left using the list likely won’t be doing so for long.

Thanks to Laura at Word to the Wise for the heads up on Spamhaus’ statement. 

– BG