Blacklisted

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"I'm not a saint, but I'm not a sinner...everything's cool as long as I'm getting thinner."
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Posted on May 19, 2007 9:47 AM in Computers
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

A few days back I tried to send an email to someone with a Hotmail account from my bernzilla.com server. It immediately got bounced back to me, so I assumed, based on past experience, that the sender had entered their email address incorrectly in my contact form. I tried again a few times, tweaking the mail a bit here and there, and the emails got bounced back to me every time. So I started to read through the messages in the returned emails and noticed that the messages seemed to imply that my server was to blame. Only a day or two later, I got a friendly message from my web host that all of my contact forms were vulnerable to email header injections. If you've been following along, you know that I've already taken care of that second problem, but I kind of let the first problem slide.

Then today, I needed to send out an email reply to someone who had contacted me via my Coldplay site asking for the birth date of Chris Martin. Sure enough, I replied and the email got bounced back immediately. This time, it was Road Runner's mail server that was rejecting my mail based on my IP address. I eventually got led to this page which makes it very clear that real users out there have been complaining about unsolicited mail coming from my server. It appears I've been blocked from sending mail to their servers since October 6th of last year.

Long story short, it looks like the IP address and/or the SMTP server associated with my web hosting account has been blacklisted by some major players in the world of email — all thanks to a bunch of lowlife scum out there taking advantage of my once unfortunately vulnerable contact forms.

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Zim on May 19, 2007 at 12:26 PM:

I had a similar problem with one of my websites. Nowadays, is not easy to do a simple contact form without thinking about those ******** spammers.

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