ORBS shut down

The Open Relay Behaviour-Modification System, better known as ORBS, has been removed from the web.

The Open Relay Behaviour-Modification System, better known as ORBS, has been removed from the web.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the ORBS website is no longer available” says the only message on the website. List manager, Alan Brown, was not willing to comment on the matter to IDGNet.

“I can’t say anything about it.”

Xtra marketing manager Chris Thompson says the disappearance of ORBS is nothing to do with yesterday’s court ruling.

“The court ruling was that [Brown] remove the incorrect listings and he had done that before the site was shut down,” says Thompson. He says Xtra neither asked for, nor was granted, the removal of the site. Thompson says yesterdays’s hearing was necessary because Brown hadn’t complied with the court order to remove both Xtra and Actrix from the database.

In an email posted to several lists including the "spam prevention discussion" list today , Brown expressed his regret at any damage caused to Xtra or its parent company Telecom or Actrix:

“(a) References to Telecom New Zealand Limited, EXTRA [sic], Actrix Networks Limited and their IP addresses on the ORBS website and databases were and are wrongful;

“(b) The ORBS website is closed for reasons unconnected with the proceedings involving Telecom New Zealand Limited and Actrix Networks Limited;

“(c) Manawatu Internet Services Limited and I caused Telecom New Zealand Limited and Actrix Limited’s names and IP addresses to be manually included in “inputs.orbs.org”, the automated open relays database, notwithstanding that the ORB’s [sic[ automated tester showed at the relevant times that Telecom New Zealand Limited’s and Actrix Limited’s servers were not open relays;

“(d) The ORB’s [sic] automated tester shows that Telecom New Zealand Limited’s and Actrix Limited’s main servers are not currently open relays;

“(e) Please therefore remove any blocks on Telecom New Zealand Limited and Actrix Limited’s servers.”

Brown was taken to court by Xtra and Actrix over his inclusion of them in the database - the court ruled that Brown must remove them from the list. This he did, but after a second court hearing yesterday the entire site was taken down, although in his posting Brown confirms it is for an unrelated matter.

Actrix’s marketing manager Steve Richie was unavailable for comment.

This is not the first time ORBS has been shut down. In 1998 ORBS was hosted in Canada but the ISP, BC Tel, now called Telus, shut down the site after complaints from smaller ISPs about ORBS probing their networks.

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