Monthly Archives: January 2009

TQMCUBE Blacklist Removed

We have received reports that the RBL (Real Time Blacklists) TQMCUBE went down. We have removed it from our database and no more alerts should be received.

The TQMCUBE was an open relay data base which listed open relays which has recently closed its doors. Most RBLS (Real Time Blacklists)
when they wish to dissolve will commonly blacklist the entire internet
in order to get the attention of those people using them to stop
attempting to contact their IPs.

MxToolBox is not affiliated with any Blacklists, we just provide a public tool that can be utilized to see if you are on a Blacklist. If you are on a Blacklist, rest assured as we do offer Blacklist Protection! For more information please feel free to visit our website or email us at info@mxtoolbox.com.

We’re always looking for new Blacklists to add, so if you want to suggest one to us, please send an email to support@mxtoolbox.com.

For information about other Blacklists that have shut down or Blacklists that are having problems, view this forum post.

Spam Levels Expected to Increase, as well as Phishing Campaigns

Happy New Year! 2009 is expected to be a year of more spam challenges and new sophisticated spamming techniques from spammers. Now that the Presidential Election is over we can put the Election Spam to rest, but  thanks to the economy, an increase in targeting the down and out, the tax-rebate-hopeful and the naive pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps market is expected.


According to spam experts, the next few months will be very telling as to how many and how advanced spam and phishing will be in 2009. Spam and Phishing are expected to target taxpayers who are expecting both tax refunds and tax relief under President Obama’s proposed stimulus package. Since out tax system does involved the process of collecting personal data, tax time can be tricky for the technology and Internet naive as they may fall victim to professional looking Phishing sites or authentic looking spam emails.


With the jobless rate rising, an increase in spam targeting the unemployed is also expected. Recipients should be wary of mail offering low-cost diplomas and certifications, home-business scams, and also of offers of credit or debt help.


We have also observed that spammers are continuing to piggyback on legitimate newsletters and using the reputation of major social networking sites to try and deliver spam messages into recipients? inboxes. The social networking spam messages were carefully crafted to closely mimic the legitimate notification emails often distributed from social networking sites.


As always we recommend having up-to-date Anti-Virus software on all local computers and on your mail server as well. We also recommend implementing a Business Enterprise Email Solutions that provide an avenue of protection from Spam, Phishing and Blacklists:


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Informationwave Blacklist Removed

We received reports last night that the RBL (Real Time Blacklists) InformationWave went down. We have removed it from our database and no more alerts should be received.

The Informationwave was an open relay data base which listed open relays which has recently closed its doors. Most RBLS (Real Time Blacklists)
when they wish to dissolve will commonly blacklist the entire internet
in order to get the attention of those people using them to stop
attempting to contact their IPs.

MxToolBox is not affiliated with any Blacklists, we just provide a public tool that can be utilized to see if you are on a Blacklist. If you are on a Blacklist, rest assured as we do offer Blacklist Protection! For more information please feel free to visit our website or email us at info@mxtoolbox.com.

We’re always looking for new Blacklists to add, so if you want to suggest one to us, please send an email to support@mxtoolbox.com.

For information about other Blacklists that have shut down or Blacklists that are having problems, view this forum post.