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Updated: 2021-04-19
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2009-12-10. Spamhaus has uncovered a fake spam blocklist which was pirating and selling as it's own work DNSBL data stolen from major anti-spam systems including Spamhaus, CBL and SURBL, republishing the stolen data under the name "".

Nszones operates a 'remove your IP' scam charging unsuspecting internet users a fee to be 'removed' from the pirated nszones DNSBLs. The operation also attempts to sell 'commercial subscriptions' to nszones' pirated DNSBLs.

Owned by Liberian-registered Aegeas Enterprises S.A. based in Greece, was discovered pirating Spamhaus DNSBL data via an rsync service Spamhaus provided for some customers and 3rd party data services, and was found to be republishing the pirated data under the hostnames ',, and'. Secret seed data which Spamhaus adds into Spamhaus DNSBL zones to catch data pirates was found in, and

Similarly, nszones' whitelist was found to consist of data verified to have been wholly pirated from whitelist service

Aegeas Enterprises S.A. which operates as,,,,, and, was blocked from accessing the Spamhaus and CBL rsync servers in December 2009 and was sent a formal Cease & Desist by Spamhaus. However as the nszones operation is both anonymous and likely makes some -albeit probably small- profit from the fake delisting fee scam, the actor behind nszones may simply leave the site up while still linked to by any unsuspecting 'Check your IP' sites.

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