First, I apologize if this is not the correct forum for this issue.
I was surfing for information about a utility that I use with a game. Clicking on a link sent me to a page with the following message displayed:
Your user name or IP address has been blocked by SORBS DNSBL.
The reason given is this:
Your IP address is listed as an open proxy in the SORBS (http://www.sorbs.net) DNSBL.
You may contact SORBS DNSBL or one of the other administrators to discuss the block. Note that you may not use the "email this user" feature unless you have a valid email address registered in your user preferences. Your IP address is 68.83.xx.xx. Please include this address in any queries you make.
I went to the SORBS page and followed the link to the SORBS Support System. Eventually I got to a page that confirmed the blacklisting. It also showed that the IP range was listed with SPEWS as well:
So, what can be done about this? I dont want my access to the web blocked because of idiots with zombie PC's.
Message was edited by: Anon18838
They're not blocking that specific IP. If you look in the address list at the SPEWS page, you'll see that they're pretty much blocking ALL Comcast customer addresses, because there are so many spam zombies on Comcast.
This shouldn't be an issue unless you run a mailserver on your home computer. As long as you send your mail through Comcast's outgoing SMTP server, your IP doesn't connect directly to any site that makes use of this blacklist.
my daughter had same problem she uses a site called xmbgarage for coding on her domain and she logged in one day to find out her ip was blocked and was sent to the spews site. i tried to change the ip but couldn't, couple of days later she was allowed back on.
Spews, as an antispam org... well it spews.. and Should never be used to block anything..
Now if I were being blocked a SpamHaus
(and I'm not)
24.0.xx.xx is not listed in the SBL
24.0.xx.xx is not listed in the XBL
I would be concerned..
But there is a problem, there appears to be several zombies in my IP block... Now in checking further it appears comcast has done something about this.. in the last 24 hours, all of them seem to have stopped..
Hopefully that is true for you folks as well. and thing should get better soon..
http://www.senderbase.org can give you this information.
You can look at your IP and then in the block below you can find other similar IP's for example my IP is in the 24.x block, other IP's close to mine will be displayed there these will be the IP's with the highest send rate over the past month.. It also gives the last 24 hours.. The hint here is this.. One IP had increased over 900% for the last month.. But had send 0 mail for the last 24 hours.. (Usually a big hint that the Zombie has been stopped..)
a) do Comcast look at this (I'd have to guess at Yes to that)
b) What is involved in the process for taking one of these down. I would think it is a fairly long process of contact, repeated warnings, etc, before they can just axe someone's connection based on this info...
With some of the complaints I've seen recently in the email forum about comcast's infamous port 25 block I think that comcast has been flipping the switch with regularity and without a second thought.. (as it absolutely.. must be!!)
The problem here is that they won't be able to get them unblocked until they get almost all of the spammers in those IP block cleaned up.. It's a bummer but many of these sites block by block of IP's not singe IPS