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Cleaning House

blocked IP ranges may have changed

10:19 am on Nov 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Just a heads-up - consider authenticating all the IP ranges you have blocked. They may have changed.

I recently moved a site to a server and had reason to reevaluate my block list, which is/was huge (15 years worth.)

After weeks of work I found a significant number of ranges and/or subs now reassigned to new owners, many of which are unrelated to malicious activity ASAIK. Some ranges are now used by mobile ISP, others sliced & diced to various social networks (some beneficial for traffic... YMMV), some ranges now in the hands of ad marketing companies (important if you use Adsence or other ads services) and some ranges have either grown larger or smaller. Some ranges I had blocked now have no records at all, they've become unassigned. The changes I found are too many to list here.

So I stripped down the block lists to the usual suspects (AWS, Rackspace, Softlayer, etc..) rechecking/purging as I go.

I've also found I can get by with much less with a combo of Whitelisting, IP blocks, Head checks and UA rules. I was often blocking the same bad agent with an overkill of several methods. Cleaning house, while a definite PITA, is necessary, and for me, long overdue.