FYI: [Fwd: [dnsbl-users] [sorbs-announce] Imminent closure of SORBS.]

Brendan Pirie bpirie at
Mon Jun 22 14:10:19 IST 2009

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Subject: 	[dnsbl-users] [sorbs-announce] Imminent closure of SORBS.
Date: 	Mon, 22 Jun 2009 23:01:44 +1000
From: 	Michelle Sullivan <matthew at>
Organization: 	Spam and Open Relay Blocking System
To: 	sorbs-announce at


Please feel free to forward this message to any other location/mailing list.

It comes with great sadness that I have to announce the imminent closure
of SORBS.  The University of Queensland have decided not to honor their
agreement with myself and SORBS and terminate the hosting contract.

I have been involved with institutions such as Griffith University
trying to arrange alternative hosting for SORBS, but as of 12 noon, 22nd
June 2009 no hosting has been acquired and therefore I have been forced
in to this announcement.  SORBS is officially "For Sale" should anyone
wish to purchase it as a going concern, but failing that and failing to
find alternative hosting for a 42RU rack in the Brisbane area of
Queensland Australia SORBS will be shutting down permanently in 28 days,
on 20th July 2009 at 12 noon.

This announcement will be replicated on the main SORBS website at the
earliest opportunity.

For information about the possible purchase of SORBS, the source code,
data, hosts etc, I maybe contacted at michelle at, telephone +61
414 861 744.

For any hosting suggestions/provision, please be aware that the 42RU
space is a requirement at the moment, and the service cannot be made
into a smaller rackspace without a lot of new hardware, virtual hosting
is just not possible.  The SORBS service services over 30 billion DNS
queries per day, and has a number of database servers with fast disk to
cope with the requirements.

Thank you for all your support over the years,

Michelle Sullivan
(Previously known as Matthew Sullivan)


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