NiX Spam DNSBL and blacklist for download
An up-to-date collection of spam emitting IP addresses
The blacklist of the iX email filter
The iX blacklist is made of over 500,000 automatically generated entries per day without distinguishing open proxies from relays, dialup gateways, and so on. After 12 hours the IP address will be removed if there is no new spam from there (Informationen auf Deutsch).
The downloadable blacklist digest is being updated every 15 minutes and contains 40,000 IP addresses from about the last hour. Even more addresses are available as a DNSBL (zone name ix.dnsbl.manitu.net) with a lifetime of 12 hours (DNSBLs are often called RBL which is a trademark of Trend Micro).
Spam infrastructure isn't unlimited – but blacklists have to be very large or really fast.
Our filter detects over 200,000 spam emails per hour. Maybe that's only 1/1,000,000th of worldwide spam traffic. But the blacklist covers more than 50 percent of that traffic. So it seems that spammers use some 100,000 IP addresses at any given moment. But most of them are dynamically assigned and change daily. Therefore an effective blacklist has to list millions of addresses that may be assigned eventually. Or it lists any active address instantly whilst removing older entries. That's the idea of the iX blacklist.
To minimize the risk of false positives we take further measures: Our internal whitelist contains thousands of mail servers that can't make it on the list even if they send spam occasionally (e. g. mail servers – not dialups – from Google or Yahoo). And in most cases our filter has to detect more than one unwanted email from the same IP address or a known spam email from an unknown IP address to enter it here. However recipients of desired mass mailings like newsletters should use an own whitelist for the corresponding IP addresses. This precaution is generally recommended if you use anti-spam solutions.
If your mail server is affected by our blacklist please ask your internet service provider or your network administrator to shut down the spam source in your network because this is the blacklisting reason. Follow the removal instructions on www.dnsbl.manitu.net if you need to speed up the delisting process.