SURBL: Adding ABUSE sublist, deprecating SC & AB

The domain blacklist SURBL announced today that it is deprecating the SC (Spamcop) and AB (AbuseButler) sublists, migrating their data into a new ABUSE sublist. They note that the WS (Bill Stearns' sa-blacklist) sublist is also going to be migrated into ABUSE in 2016.

SURBL also recently announced the addition of SURBL-specific blocking notification messages to the popular SpamAssassin spam filtering software.

Status of no-more-funn.moensted.dk: DEAD

The "No More Funn" blacklist (DNSBL zone no-more-funn.moensted.dk) was run by a gentleman from Denmark using the alias dr. Jørgen Mash. First observed in 2002, listing criteria included spam sources, IP address ranges that appeared dynamic, bulk mailers not required confirmed opt-in (double opt-in) and more. It was easy for email service providers (ESPs) to end up listed there, and ESP clients would often ask about those listings because they would show up in DNSBL lookups, though it's not clear that the blacklist was widely used for spam blocking.

At some point in 2012, the blacklist was taken offline. At the end of 2015, the website reports that the blacklist is still offline. Thus, I'm going to call this one "dead."

What is blacklist.zap?

Here's a blast from the past: Remember blacklist.zap?

There were various "blacklist.zap" blacklists and they were all indicative of blocking when sending to mailboxes hosted behind "FrontBridge" anti-spam and security protection:

  • The list 85.blacklist.zap specifically referred to FrontBridge's use of the Composite Blocking List (CBL). If you were blocked by 85.blacklist.zap, it meant that your sending IP address was listed on the CBL.
  • The list 86.blacklist.zap specifically referred to FrontBridge's use of the Spamhaus Block List (SBL). If you were blocked by 86.blacklist.zap, it meant that your sending IP address was listed on the SBL.
  • The list 87.blacklist.zap specifically referred to FrontBridge's use of the Spamhaus Exploits Block List (SBL). If you were blocked by 87.blacklist.zap, it meant that your sending IP address was listed on the XBL.
  • The list 88.blacklist.zap specifically referred to FrontBridge's own internally-generated blacklist of sending IP addresses noted to be spammy, usually based on a high percentage of mail from that IP address being denoted as spammy.

FrontBridge was later acquired by Microsoft and I think it's been a long time since anybody has seen blacklist.zap blocking in a bounce message, but I thought it would be good to keep a record of this for posterity's sake.