What is it?
There are a lot of viruses, trojans, and mis-configured computers on the Internet these days. Attackers use them to perform attacks on NationCHAT services, spamming, flooding or evading bans. Because of this, NationCHAT implements DNSBL service, wich will check your connection in case you are using a misconfigured or open Wingate, Socks or Proxy server. Don’t consider this as an attack on your system but a necessary measure to prevent abuse either over you or any of our guests and services.
How does it work?
Every person connecting to NationCHAT Network is checked against this list of abusable machines. These lists are maintained by different groups to help stop spam, phishing attacks and IRC abuse. They have various mechanisms for finding and reporting hosts which have insecure proxies, trojan horses, or are otherwise allowing abuse.
It probably wasn’t you, it was probably someone at your Internet address before you. There is an easy way to solve it, keep reading.
For many people, addresses are dynamically allocated every time they connect to the Internet, so sometimes listings are wrong and out-dated. Most RBLs allow you or your ISP to request a retest and removal from their list, but don’t worry about that, you should just Login on Connect to bypass the scan. The use of these lists has drastically decreased the ability of miscreants to spam and flood on NationCHAT Network; however, some people with dynamic IP addresses will get frequent false positives as spammers use their IP before them, so they need to log in to use NationCHAT reliably.
What to do if you are listed?
If your host is listed in DroneBL service, don’t fear. You can still get on NationCHAT by following these directions:
- You can whitelist yourself using DNSBL Removal Form
- You could alternately complain to your Internet service provider and inform them of the problem. We realize you may be stuck with a provider who, due to lazy business practices, cannot be removed from an RBL, but you should complain anyway, maybe some day they will “get it“.
- If the above doesn’t work for you, use the email help[at]nationchat.org or the ‘Contact Us‘ link in the menu. Please include a copy of the message you see when trying to connect, your IP address, your e-mail address and a detailed description of the problem.
We apologize for the inconvenience, we understand that the use of the RBLs will cause some people a little bit of extra work connecting to NationCHAT Network, but we hope that the trade off of less spam and abuse makes it worth while. Please don’t be discouraged, we will make every effort to allow legitimate users access to NationCHAT Network. If the above doesn’t work for you for some reason, let us know why and we’ll work with you to find a solution.
By connecting to any NationCHAT server, you are supposed to know, accept and want to comply with the NationCHAT Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which is simply the rules for the use of the network services.