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Spam blocker rises from the dead to bite lax email administrators
Administrators of email systems should have stopped querying the database (relays.ordb.org) in December 2006 when it shut down, but some failed to do so. That was no problem until today, queries were simply rejected, but now the address of any email server presented is being returned as an open relay. This results in the querying system rejecting all incoming mails from that server.
To avoid future denials of service that public blocklists can apparently cause, we will no longer use them as part of our anti-spam regime.
As soon as I heard of the ordb.org rearise I suspected that spammers might actually have restarted the ordb.org service with these errornous behaviour. There is no faster way to get people to loose trust in the public blocklist services than one day of blocking of all legitimate emails.
Makes you wonder how out of date the OS and other software are that they have installed on their servers and with that kind of lack of attention to details, those servers are doomed to be hacked, let alone bounce a few emails.
As far as I can tell it's just gone, doesn't ping, nada, so how doesn't this reflect on their previous anti-spam detection abilities?
If the site was still active I would agree but not after being offline since Dec '06.
So all sloppy mail server admins will now learn it the hard way.