News and announcements: March 1, 2010


Some news stories and links today.
Spamhaus has announced their new domain block list (DBL). The DBL is a list of domains that have been found in spam.

The DBL is managed as a “zero false-positive” list, safe to use by production mail systems to reject emails that are flagged by it. The DBL includes URIs (domains/hostnames) which are used in spam including phishing, fraud/”419″ or domains sending or hosting malware/viruses.
[…]DBL has a monitored automated self-service removal system.

There are more changes over at AOL. Annalivia has announced she is leaving AOL.  Anna has done an immense amount of work with senders over the years and her departure is definitely going to leave a hole. Drop by her website and wish her luck.

What this means to you: escalation paths and such are still being worked out, but the India Postmaster team and I have spent a lot of time working together in the last couple months; they’ll take care of you. The AOL postmaster website and reputation tool should also be useful. I’ll provide any further information as I get it.

Via Al Iverson, there’s a new informational source at This provides a list of domains registered behind privacy protection services.
Recently at MAAWG I had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Joseph Menn author of Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who are Bringing Down the Internet. He was a very engaging and entertaining speaker who really seemed to understand the interplay between organized crime and spammers.

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