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Old 04-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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I usually check TMO forums when I get a free moment at work. I work on a military/government network, which has allowed me to view TMO up until today.

It's not a big deal if I can't view from work, but the reasoning it was blocked was interesting, and perhaps worthwhile to let the Admins know.

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Based on your corporate access policies, this web site ( has been blocked because it has been determined by Web Reputation Filters to be a security threat to your computer or the corporate network. This web site has been associated with malware/spyware.

Threat Type: othermalware
Threat Reason: Domain reported and verified as serving malware. , BLOCK-MALWARE 0x003d925e. 1333551597 . 302, QAAAAQAAAAAAAAAAKKv8ACP8AAAD/AAAAAAAAAAAAAAE=.


So it seems to be nonspecific from what I can tell, but maybe you guys can run some scans or something to make sure TMO is a clean safe site.


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Old 04-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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might this be due to some of the links we might post?
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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Interesting. I'll pass this to Chris, just because he is the Admin and knows a lot more about I.T. than I do.

There are hundreds of sites out there that generate "blacklists". Some are thorough, reputable, and well-maintained. Others, not so much - they are cobbled together simply so the owners can sell the list. The reason that a site is put on a blacklist is never clear, and once on a list, it is a hassle to get off. Many ISPs, especially the major ones, regularly check a set of well-maintained and reputable blacklist organizations, and that is right and proper. After all, it is in their interest to keep their subscribers happy, and spam and malware make for unhappy customers.

One of the best and most commonly used blacklist sites is TMO is not on their list. And if you go to, you will see a list of about 55 of the top blacklists. TMO is not on any of them.

What you are seeing, I think, is that way down in the dregs of the blacklist community somewhere, TMO got a mention. I have no idea how, but my guess is that it is not because of anything we, the members, post. I should point out that whenever a member posts a link, I check it immediately for safety. It is one of the many parts of being a moderator that users don't see.

You may remember that a year or two ago, the board went through an intense period of spammer signups, mostly from Russia and China. Chris and I went through agonies, and finally pulled out some big guns and stopped it. My guess is that before we got the fence set up, one of the spammer links lit up an alert somewhere, and TMO was placed on a list. Which one? Don't know.

I will also mention that whenever anyone posts spam on TMO, he is not only banned from the board, but his information is automatically reported to various anti-spammer organizations, and eventually ends up on a blacklist. That is a real good threat for casual spammers - they go away in a hurry when they find this out.

Lucas, I will presume that you work for the Navy in Indianapolis. I worked for a similar organization for almost 30 years (and spent quite a bit of time at the Indianapolis facility as part of it). About half of our computers were on an internal network that had no physical connection to the outside world. In other words, it was not possible to go to the Internet, or send email outside the organization. The other half did have a connection method to the world, but because of all the sensitive information floating around, the checks and cross-checks and controls and blockades were exhaustive to the point of paranoia. That makes sense - you can't take exception to that. In your case, I'm guessing that you have run into one of these, as referenced by the fact that "YOUR corporate access policies" are mentioned. In other words, your organization is dipping deeper into the blacklist bucket than the big ISPs, such as Cox, Roadrunner, gmail, and so forth, do. Nothing wrong with that - a good corporate policy is crucial, and overkill is better than vulnerability. If you can identify the particular blacklist that is raising the alarm (ask your sys admin), we can go through the hoops to get off the list. Without knowing that, though, I'm not sure how to proceed. Perhaps Chris does.

Hope this helps - and reassures you that TMO is a safe site.

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Old 04-04-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
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Just ran to check TMO and the only thing to pop up was out dated software but everything else checked clean.

Also ran Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page and all came back clean.

Safe Browsing
Diagnostic page for http//

What is the current listing status for http//

This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Google has not visited this site within the past 90 days.

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

Over the past 90 days, http// did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?

No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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You can also be blacklisted due to other sites hosted on shared server that are bad. This is kinda like guilt by association with bad neighbors.

I did a quick search for neighbors & host company but nothing jumped out as a BIG Red Flag although I didn't have time to go check any sites hosted on the IP TMO is on

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses guys. I was pretty doubtful that there would be anything malicious on TrailManorOwners domain.


You were close, but I'm not Navy. I'm just a bit south and west of the Naval Center in Indianapolis. I am a network systems admin at Joint Forces Headquarters for the Indiana Army & Air National Guard. Turns out I was still using our alternate proxy after downloading some large driver packages (as not to bog down the main proxy). I guess our reserve proxy is using some lousy filtering software, and I'll be sure to snub my nose at our IA and NOC folks next time I'm in their building!

The site works just fine on our main proxy, which routes to a National Guard Bureau regional hub in Iowa.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:23 PM   #7
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I jest read this thread on NMCI military network with no issues.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #8
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We are on a shared server, and so it's possible although unlikely that one of the other sites on the server may be blacklisted. If that's the case, I can escalate to the host and have that cleared. The domain name is crossed to an IP Address - of which there is usually only one. Since there are multiple domains to an IP addy, if one bad apple pops up, it can ruin the entire tree. Let me know if it continues to be a problem and I'll send it up to the host.
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