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Showing posts with label njabl. Show all posts

Status of DEAD

It is with sadness that I report  on the closure of Jon Lewis's NJABL blocking list.  From the NJABL website: "March 1, 2013: NJABL is in the process of being shut down. The DNSBL zones have been emptied. After "the Internet" has had some time to remove NJABL from server configs, the NS's will be pointed off into unallocated space ( TEST-NET-1) to hopefully make the shutdown obvious to those who were slower to notice."

NJABL (Not Just Another Bogus List) had been in existence from at least January 2002. Congrats to Jon and team for a pretty good run of eleven years.

Update: I received this in email: "Today, April 29, 2013, NS for the NJABL DNSBL zones is being pointed into (TEST-NET-1) which is unrouted IP space.  This will likely cause any systems using the NJABL DNSBL zones to experience long delays in DNS resolution of NJABL DNSBL lookups.  This is being done both to sink the DNS query traffic and to hopefully be noticed by the owners/managers of those systems."

(H/T: Laura Atkins and others.)

NJABL Dynablock List Now Obsolete

With the advent of Spamhaus's new PBL anti-spam blocking list, it appears that the NJABL Dynablock list is now obsolete. I just saw the following post on the public SPAM-L mailing list, from the NJABL folks: The following text was sent to list AT on Jan 19, 2007. Judging from the number of DNS queries still being handled for, the message doesn't seem to have made it to a wide enough audience.

If you use or know people who use, this is important information:

With the advent of Spamhaus's PBL (, has become obsolete. Rather than maintain separatesimilar DNSBL zones, NJABL will be working with Spamhaus on the PBL. Effective immediately, exists as a copy of the Spamhaus PBL. After dynablock users have had ample time to update their configurations, the zone will be emptied.

Other NJABL zones (i.e. dnsbl, combined, bhnc, and the qw versions) will continue, business as usual, except that combined will eventually lose its dynablock component.

If you currently use we recommend you switch immediately to

If you currently use, we recommend you add to the list of DNSBLs you use.

You may also want to consider using, which is a combination zone consisting of Spamhaus's SBL, XBL, and PBL zones.

(Editor's note: I'm very happy with ZEN so far. See this post detailing my recent experiences.)