[CentOS] African IP addresses list

Glenn centos at 1bigadmin.biz
Tue Jul 1 16:44:07 UTC 2008

At 09:38 AM 7/1/2008, you wrote:
>On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 7:44 AM, Tony Wicks 
><<mailto:tonyw at tonywicks.com>tonyw at tonywicks.com> wrote:
> >
>I would like to add something, as a South African citizen. South 
>Africa, is NOT part of Africa for that matter, it's a republic on 
>it's own. It's almost like saying "Let's ban America, cause someone 
>in Mexico spammed me". South Africa, which is on the 196/8 range 
>does a LOT of business overseas in many countries, and I do want to 
>warn that you could loose a lot of good business due to this practice.
>Most of the fraud you experience could come from Nigeria, or one of 
>the other central & western Africa countries. To ban a whole 
>continent because of problems some countries cause could be problematic.
>For that matter is China a different country from Russia, from 
>Switzerland, even though they share the same land mass
>I need to put my 2c in here. I'm from New Zealand, we are a first 
>world democratic country (the first in the worlds to give the vote 
>to ALL adults I may mention). I have had the misfortune many of 
>times of being unable to transact business because people from the 
>US in their ignorance think, that New Zealand, isn't that part of 
>Australia, which is right next to Asia, can't do business with those 
>Asians, they will rip me off. Now sometimes people from the US have 
>asked me why people in the other parts of the world get a bit 
>annoyed at the "the only country that is free and true if the good 
>old US of A" attitude, and well here you go as an example. Lets ban 
>all of Africa because someone from Nigeria is a scammer. Africa is a 
>pretty big place, and you know what, I've met many South Africans 
>that are real nice (even employed a few). I've always been someone 
>who defends America when people run it down, but it is a two way 
>street, don't treat a whole country as criminals because you don't 
>know the difference between one side of a continent from another, 
>its kind of insulting you know. And some day you might well need the 
>rest of us, you never know.
>If a business only wants to do transaction with people in their own 
>country, what is wrong with that?  There is no international law 
>that says they have to provide services or products to you because 
>you live in a different country.  Sometimes the lost revenue by not 
>doing business outside your own country is better than having to 
>deal with the possibility of fraud.  Sometimes it is more of a 
>hassle to deal with shipping, service and/or support issues with 
>people from a different country and it's just not worth it.

Hello All,

I've seen a lot of very good and valid comments come out of this discussion!

I had a mail server that, initially, had no need for foreign (Outside 
US) communication. Then exceptions started highly complicating the situation.

I used this database lookup to compile a list, by country, of those I 
wanted to block based upon my mail server's history with 
communications with them and on the histories of my users/customers.


Very useful tool!

Glenn Parsons 
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