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March 26th, 2008 Blacklisted All IP Addresses

Since March 25, one of the old SPAM blacklist databases,, blacklisted all IP addresses. As a result, all mail servers using an SPAM filtering solution that still references ORDB ( started to immediately block all incoming e-mails. was shut down in December 18, 2006, but yesterday they changed their behaviour. Instead of timing out, they are blocking all IP addresses, which means every e-mail server queried is being reported as an open relay. If your mail service or infrastructure uses ORDB database, the sender will get the following failure message:

Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 13): 550-Message rejected because [123.345.789.000]:20081 is
550-blacklisted at see was shut down on December 18,
550 2006. Please remove from your mailserver.

E-mail administrators should make sure that SPAM filtering solution in use is not querying ORDB.

There are lots of mail services using ORDB by default and the real reason behind this behaviour change is not clear yet.

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    2 Responses to “ Blacklisted All IP Addresses”

    1. This cost us real money and angry customers. Although we’re not going to make a federal case out of this ourselves, I certainly think that somebody’s going to get sued over this. Certainly, this was widespread. Seems like it shut down Google Mail.

      This even affected MailWasher on my PC, causing many messages to get automatically deleted and their domains blacklisted.

    2. Mike Waters:
      Well too bad, is closed for a year and a half now, and they reported every possible place that they`re going to shut down.

      After so much time it’s down, some users and system administrators should learn it the hard way it seems.

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