Ok, I was skeptical too. Jamie has a tendency to write in a somewhat energetically alarmist style-- but read the whole article. This is a big bad ball of shit, right here.
The facts, basically, are this: MAPS blocks web services for IPs that are either promoted through spam, or, apparently, sell spam-related software. Fine, great.
But they also, apparantly, will go so far as to block entire subnets worth of sites that happen to have the same /24 as a spam-blocked site.
That's what they've done here, and AboveNet, a large backbone provider, subscribes to MAPS. You may be using AboveNet and not even know it. And MAPS and AboveNet, without your consent, or even the ability for you to stop them, have now blocked you from contecting 1500 IP numbers.
If this doesn't grab you, imagine if Globix (our colo) were blocked for hosting a site that sells spam software. And your ISP's upstream provider used MAPS. You would be blocked from seeing K5. This is not implausible-- it's exactly what is happening to Peacefire and the other sites listed.
Spam is bad, mmm-kay. We all know that. But I'm with jamie here-- involuntary IP blocking is worse. MAPS (and ORBS, for that matter) are a lost cause. Their zealotry has led them to this point. They don't care who they have to block. The focus of anger here has to be large backbone providers who engage in this kind of involtary filtering. This should not be done, other than at an end-user ISP level. If any action is taken here, it should be against AboveNet, and any other backbone provider who engages in this kind of, yes, I'll say it, censorship.
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