ordb is shutting down

by Mads
December 19, 2006 at 00:24 | categories: security

Today the Open Relay DataBase announced that they are shutting down, have already removed all the listings from the zone and will be removing their website at the end of the month.
For some people it happened very suddenly, but I know the guys and they've been talking about shutting down for more than a year. That it happened now, was just a result of some external factors, forcing them to either do a fair amount of work now or just finalise the long awaited shutdown. A look at their New and fixed relays statistics show that there really hasn't been much change in a very long time. That might hint towards there not being enough open relays to care, but the graph below shows that there still is a fair number of open relays out there. As an ordb user, I've not seen many spams originating from open relays in the last couple of years, but it will be very interesting to see if the more than 200k open relays won't tempt spammers...
Slashdot coverage. As always, slashdot seems to attract some "interesting" comments like these.
Heise writes: Anti-Spam-Datenbank ORDB streicht die Segel.
UPDATE: The story makes it to AP.

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