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Last Notice: Wildcarding of Services Jan 1st

As promised in April, on Jan 1st, 2015, i'll be wildcarding all zones no longer in operation - this includes,, and  This means that these services will return positive responses for any queries.

If you are still using these services, this may cause you to incorrectly tag e-mail as spam, or create other unintended consequences.  Fix and maintain your servers, now.  Do not contact us about 'removing' your domain or IP address from our lists, as there is nothing we can do for you.

The query load is still high enough that I can not justify allocating the resources necessary to support queries from people who refuse to properly maintain their mail servers.

Welcome to the AHBL!

The AHBL is a database of hosts that have been known to cause various forms of abuse on the Internet which includes UCE/UBE/spam, Denial Of Service attacks, cracking attempts, and much more.

The AHBL is built from various sources of data, which includes other spam fighting services that we work with, as well as our own custom and exclusive data sources to create a powerful and effective combination of abuse fighting tools.

Changes In The AHBL

So, this has been a long time coming, but figured I'd make the announcement.

I'm winding down the public DNSbl services of the AHBL.

This means the,, lists are all going away, as is the public lookup/removal tool.

There's a few reasons why this is coming about - one of them being that I feel that I've accomplished what I set out to do with the AHBL.

We had an 11 year run - quite good IMHO.  We've been sued (and won), DDoS'd, Real Life(tm) stalked, had other people in this community turn their backs on us because we made some hard decisions they didn't agree with...  List could go on for a while.


I expect that over the next few days (Sat. at the latest) I'll be clearing out the three main zones of data, and removing their NS records shortly after.

Minor Site Updates - 10/16/2013

We've made some minor updates to the look up tool to use new, higher performance functions for querying the AHBL's database.

The other minor update is the addition of a new legal threat received.  It never ceases to amaze us that from time to time, we still need to respond to the baseless and ill conceived legal threats people make under their company's name.

Hints for people requesting removals

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Although the policies in this document have been in effect for a long time, to better prepare individuals requesting removal from the AHBL database, please be aware of the following...

When requesting removal from the AHBL, our policy is to require that in cases involving E-mail Service Providers, direct UCE senders, mailing list maintainers, and similar, that they provide us with details on how the original e-mail address that received the mail was added to requester's mailing list.  Although the CAN-SPAM act does not directly require you to keep opt-in information, the onus is on the sender to be able to back up the claim that they are following the CAN-SPAM act and any other applicable laws. 

The easiest way to do this, is to keep information such as the following with your database:

How NOT To Handle A Spamhaus Listing

Sadly, some people just don't know when to stop and change their behavior. An excellent example of this is master sock puppeteer, Andrew Stephens.

The Legality Of Spam Filtering

Over at Spam Resource, Al Iverson has a post confirming what pretty much every spam fighter knows, but what every spammer will deny and scream bloody murder over - it is fully legal and within the rights of an ISP to block/refuse e-mail, even if it is claimed to be CAN-SPAM compliant.

If you don't believe us, have a read over at his blog.

Please remember that the AHBL may define spam/uce/ube differently from others, so have a look at our listing policies.

Article: What you can do in the fight against pedophiles and child molesters

Each and every hour of every day, children are exploited, harmed and molested by truly evil people and they are helped, unwittingly, by thousands of people who would be mortified if they knew just how big a role they're playing in the spread of child pornography and advocacy of pedophilia.

Read the full article by Marc Bissonnette at his website.

Article: Organic marketing versus, well, everything else on the Internet

Organic, Pay Per Click, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Socila Media Advertising, Link Farming, print/paper/radio/television advertising, direct mail marketing, email marketing – The list of methods for getting your company's brand and message out there actually goes on even further.

Read the full article by Marc Bissonnette at his website.

Article: Destroy A Life With Your Keyboard

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Part 2 of the article, Destroy A Life With Your Keyboard, has been posted on InfoExecutive.  For those who didn't get to read the first one, this is a series of articles detailing Marc Bissonnette's dealings with a crazed and insane stalker.

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