Dec 062007

Last night at home I got an ominous message while trying to post to my own blog:

Error 403 “We’re sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /wp-comments-post.php on this server.
Your Internet Protocol address is listed on a blacklist of addresses involved in malicious or illegal activity.
See the listing below for more details on specific blacklists and removal procedures.
Your technical support key is: 4013-ae25-1366-73cd”

What? What have the kids been up to now? Arghhh!

But this morning I came into the office and I got the same message. Now I am beginning to wonder. Pop up the ole answer machine, Google and sure enough it was not my computer, it was the Bad Behavior plugin I have installed. Bad Behavior acts as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever accessing the blog in the first place, but in this case it blocked everyone!

According to the plugin author, he moved all of his sites to a new dedicated server. In the process, he decommissioned an old blacklist that he thought wasn’t being used, not realizing that Bad Behavior was still set to use it. Shortly afterward, everyone, including the plugin author, found themselves locked out of their own blogs. A new version was released immediately and after installing it all is well.

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