Major Spam Blacklist Goes Dark

By Deane Barker on August 27, 2003

Osirusoft Blacklists The World: Serious ugliness in the world of spam blacklists. This list is used by SpamAssassin, which is one of the most widely used spam filters around.

“As of today, Osirusoft, distributer of the SPEWS and open relay blocklists, among others, is no longer operational. Servers using these lists (including the FTC) are currently rejecting ALL email.”

I agree wholeheatedly with the first comment to this post:

” It may take a little more work, but the only solution to spam is the whitelist.”

I think blacklists have run their course, filters and rules will eventually be circumvented, and the novel solution that SpamNet proposed will eventually grind to a halt due to the sheer volume of it all. I already whitelist, sort of — if you make it through the junk filters but you’re not in my address book and I’ve never sent you an email, then you go to another folder for later review.



  1. SPEWS was fairly notorious for arbitrarily adding sites to their blacklist and not providing any real method for being able to get off the list. There were stories of someone irking one of the SPEWS admins in a newsgroup and the next day finding out that their address range is blacklisted. At this point, they’ve blacklisted the entire country of Brazil. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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