June 8, 2001

ORBS blacklist of spammers disappears

Author: JT Smith

Salon: "ORBS's main service was a blacklist of Internet mail
servers -- computers capable of routing mail across the
Net -- that the ORBS administrator, Alan Brown, had identified as potentially capable of forwarding spam.
Now that blacklist is no longer available to network administrators, and they want to know why. One popular
theory mooted on the Net is that Brown closed down the site rather than comply with a New Zealand court
order demanding that he remove two specific ISPs from the blacklist. But Brown, who lives in New Zealand,
is keeping silent. "I am unable to answer any of your questions," he writes in an e-mail. "Sorry."
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