184 Napier Street, South Melbourne, 3205
* * * Spam, SpamAlert! and AntiSpam! * * *
Tel: 61-3-9699 8844, Fax: 61-3-9690 5331
International Spam Blacklist and Whitelist of IP Addresses and Domain Names of
For help with email rejections, requests to get unblocked, permission to use our
Spam Email Blacklist or any other questions or advice regarding spam simply email
We don't get paid for this. So please
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Important Notice: Our Blackist is still
Free. But we may no longer send you our free SpamAlert
Ironically recently one commercial spam blacklist company, that charges highly for their
blacklist service, intentionally listed us merely for FORWARDING Spam emails back to
them. Ironicaly even though clearly we actively fight spam and have never originated any Scam, Spam or Virus.
How dumb or nasty is that! We merely send the evidence of the exact Spam
details so that the Spam Source can follow them up! Basically letting you know that somehow your
IP Address was used to Spam us.
It appears Spammers who pay such companies are happy to allow their spams to go
OUT but don't like having their spams sent back to them! We therefore have had to scale back our Free courtesy advice function. Sorry if you are one
of those that have been blocked without the courtesy of an email advice. But what
else can we do ? Best you talk to any blacklist companies that
blacklists us about their reasons. And we certainly don't want to
criticise or annoy anyone. But until their detection methods improve or their policy changes there is not much else we can do to avoid being blacklisted ourselves for
forwarding you that all important Spam alert notification with the spam
details you should get from any Blackist service, in an ideal world.
The problem with
It is always annoying to find you're Blacklisted. Even more so
if it's done mistakenly. False positives or "mistakes" are common
with other lists. Hence we decided long ago that we
do NOT filter on text. Most importantly this is NOT a "Dumb" Blacklist. It
is double checked manually by a real human! It is updated continually
using actual Spams received from Spam Source IP Addresses. Yes, this is very
time consuming to administer! So if you have been blocked on this list then it's for a
genuine reason. That's for sure. For example:
- Your ISP, Email Service or Company members may have a history of repeatedly spamming us.
Despite numerous formal complaints to them.
- Your Computer or your Company may have unknowingly or intentionally sent numerous Virus
or Spam emails to us.
- You may have a compromised email account due to a weak password or
dictionary hack attack and was or is still now being used by spammers.
Being Blacklisted is NOT necessarily a BAD thing and certainly not usually
vindictive. Although we know of at least one popular Blacklist project organisation
that does blacklist vindictively or if they take a
dislike to you for any reason whatsoever. Even if you don't send scams, spams or
viruses. And you can not even phone to talk to anyone about it. We only list
IP Addresses of Email Servers that have actually originated Spam. After all it stops Viruses, Scams and unwanted emails from
spreading. And that's a GOOD thing, right?
Often your Email Server or Computer will send Spam because you
are the Victim of a hack or infection by a Virus, Malware,
Trojan, or "botnet" and your Server or PC is acting as a "mini server"
for Spammers and Hackers. Still, whilst you may be totally unaware and
indeed innocent you need to be Blacklisted and blocked to stop the SPREAD and also preferably
NOTIFIED so that YOU ARE AWARE and can fix it and make amends! And then get
unblocked. We hope you
agree that would be the ideal system. Well, someone has to do it. We
like to think we do our bit to do BOTH.
If you have a better solution to the Spam problem we would like to hear
CLICK HERE to See the Micronica Spam Blocking List if your email has been
Unlike other Blacklists this was and we believe still is the World's first
and only Blacklist to be totally open and readable. With comments. No secrets here. This is also a GREAT Spam Blacklist directory to see what IP Addresses have
sent Spam and also what Domain Names send persitant and repeated spam
Then Phone, Fax or Email us as outlined below.
CLICK HERE to donate $1 or perhaps even more. To encourage and support us and
do your bit to make a very real difference if you hate the biggest problem on the Internet...Spam!
CLICK HERE if you are a Micronica Email User who can't receive email
from some places such as gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com, messagelabs.com etc.
CLICK HERE if you are an ISP, Business, Organisation, School or
Individual and you have been blocked.
CLICK HERE for info on the Spam Problem. And reasons for our Blocking Policy.
CLICK HERE for why we block Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and other nasty anonymous "Freemail"
CLICK HERE for some Customer Testimonials how good our AntiSpam! works.
CLICK HERE if you want a LOW SPAM Email Address Service with
AntiSpam! email filtering and spam blocking to protect you.
CLICK HERE if you are a Business or School wanting to use our
AntiSpam! blocking service to protect you.
CLICK HERE if you are an ISP or Email Administrator for some
sensible hints and suggestions how to block Spam...for free
CLICK HERE how to use the Micronica Spam Blacklist to block Spam using Sendmail or Postfix
CLICK HERE for how to read Email Full Header information to see where
your Spam is really coming from.
Before you complain about a wanted email being blocked, think about
Despite our very effective AntiSpam system which is updated
manually and very carefully continually daily against spam sources, we still get at least
a trickle of spams per day which
is regarded very good and indeed enviable by any ISP. But Spam is still
a major problem for our members and EXTREMELY costly for us to
It is in the interest of every ISP and Company to retain their reputation to
their own customers by ensuring they don't harbour Spammers! Yes, many
"Cloud Services" and ISP's actually do and are VERY uncooperative to pursue
or prosecute them. Simply closing a Spammer's account or a Scammer's hosting
service which uses malware to collect your credit card information is not enough.
And yes we have come across and reported both to more than one major ISP. We encourage
specially ISP's to deal with any scammer or spamming customers swiftly and decisively and thereby
avoid being blocked by other ISP's like ourselves.
Also if your email server is not properly configured it may be interpreted
as a source of anonymous spam. Specially if your Internet IP address does
not resolve to a valid domain name. A method used by many spammers. Contact
your ISP if a "nslookup 22.214.171.124" (substitute your ip address) does not
resolve to your real domain name ! Your ISP should know better and set it up properly !
So any source of Scam, Spam and Virus emails WILL be BLOCKED. And usually
If we don't then we just get even more the next day ! If you have a better
solution to the Spam problem we would like to hear it.
Important Notice: We can no longer send you our free SpamAlert
We are seeking your feedback and submissions to reassess
the operation of this Spam Alert project altogether.
Ironically even though we actively fight spam and have never originated any Scam, Spam
or Virus we have been blacklisted by spamhaus.org !
Spamhaus.org has criticised and blacklisted our
domain name micronica.com.au for forwarding scams and spam incidents
back to the sender IP Address and the people responsible for the IP Address and Domain Names sending the
Spamhaus accused us suggesting donations for taking the staff time to
notify the offender that they sent spam and the important notification advice that they had been blacklisted as "extortion". Oddly enough
as someone pointed out to us spamhaus.org is not a free
organisation but a company that charges
others many thousands of dollars protection money for innocent users to use their hidden
blacklist. Whilst ours is totally open, downloadable and free. We asked spamhaus.org to remove the
blacklisting but they refused. Happy to email you a copy of the
spamhaus.org reply, just ask. They finally unblacked us after pressure from
other organisations who pointed out that they needed to do business with us and
spamhaus was destroying the business. And that we are squeeky clean and never
originated any spams to anyone.
But maybe is spamhaus.org right to blacklist us ? So let's not be critical of spamhaus.org. Indeed you will
notice on our own list that we actually Whitelist their IP for the work they
do as they are not spammers. We actually appreciate their feedback with a
positive mind and value their opinion.
So in view of Spamhaus's important opinion we will no longer send you a
Spam Alert email advising you that your
email system has sent us a spam and you are blacklisted, with the copy
of the spam contents as evidence and the full header details to allow you to
determine how you sent the spam, the complete email trail and who did it.
With a suggestion to consider a donation if you found the SpamAlert helpful. Which we have been doing for free. You will need to
find that out if you ever email us and get rejected. We apologise
to anyone who for some reason hates being notifed and also to those who
appreciated it. We had a few notes of appreciation which was encouraging. It was actually a huge
burden of work to do that. Now no
more. We will save that time to get on with our main business instead. It is
important that we sincerely apologise to spamhaus for offending them.
Also please be clear that Blocking spam is not our main business. It
is just our own Blocklist that we set up and use when we found third party lists simply
didn't work. It is not profitable and Donations are voluntary. If your email address
needs to be whitelisted there is still no charge. It's free. Just phone or
email your request. Hey after all we WANT to receive legitimate emails from
you! Right ?
We would like to open for discussion and reassess in an open
minded manner whether to make our freely readable blacklist secret again. And
whether alerting and forwarding the spam incidents to the sender, which is
extremely time consuming, is
appreciated or actually undesirable. Or if you think it is better to simply block spam sources
without telling them. To keep spamhaus.org and perhaps everyone else much
We feel we would like to be notified if we inadvertantly ever orignated any
scams or spams. And get a copy of the spam emailed to me for free. But
maybe you disagree. We have some encouraging notes of appreciation from
people for being alerted. We certainly don't want to offend anyone. After all the idea is to band
together in the good fight aginst the biggest problem on the
internet...Scams, spams and Viruses!
Keep in mind BLOCKING a scam or spam source IP Addresses is quick and easy using
ANALYSIS and ADVISING the source is what's time consuming. But the last thing we want to do is be
part of the problem rather than the solution! Also keep in mind that this is
simply our own list which we have built up over 10 years without any support
from anyone! Over 45000 lines of it! Yep, each one was manually analysed. We have had no
outside funding for this.
Feel welcome to please submit your views and comments to the email address below. Specially
the issues of:
1) Is forwarding of spams back to the source IP desirable to alert them with the evidence of the spam so
they KNOW they sent us spam and explain why they have been blacklisted.
2) Is it ethical to suggest a donation to cover part of the cost such as even $1 when advising the
spammer source with the detailed clear evidence of their spam.
3) What's better. Do you prefer a system of paying for protection to use a blacklist or
blacklist software rather than perhaps a dollar or even once cent from those responsible who actually
sent the spam.
4) Spam Alert notification wording suggestions that don't sound draconian
but diplomatic to you.
5) Should we consider reopening the SpamAlert system of notification or keep
it now closed completely forever. (It's really way too much unpaid work for us anyway :)
6) Any other comments and suggestions.
And hey, if you feel like making a voluntary donation as encouragement for our efforts, the
link is below :)
>Donate to Help Block Spam<
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184 Napier Street, South Melbourne, 3205 Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Tel: (03) 96998844 Fax: (03) 96905331
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