Virtual currency being DOSed by incorrect OpenDNS category listings

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    rotblitz

    "multiple virtual currency pool sites have been added to incorrect categories on OpenDNS...  bitcoinplus.com is an example of one of these sites."

    Definitely not: http://domain.opendns.com/bitcoinplus.com - there is no approved category, even no tag...

    If you can prove your statement for other such sites, best would be you open a support ticket with the incorrectly categorized domains, so that OpenDNS staff can take appropriate measures. This cannot be well done in this user forum.

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    webmastered

    Your statement "Definitely no:t" is inaccurate.  Bitcoinplus.com had the malware tag on 6/13/2013.   Many others have had various commonly blocked categories added to them this week.     Case DT #PAY-54298-621 is one example.   Having OpenDNS re-categorize this doesn't return the currency lost while these sites are improperly categorized.

     

    The malware tag has been removed from the 'bitcoinplus.com' domain.  Thank you for your patience with this matter.

    Vinny LaRiza
    Community Moderator
    OpenDNS

     

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    webmastered

    BTW, OpenDNS isn't the only URL filter being abused this week.  I have a multilayer filtering approach in place.  I use quite a few filters on my network and have had to deal with numerous issues this week.  One of my other URL filters, which is by another one of the top 10 filtering companies, currently has Symantec Cloud Insight  blocked as a Malware site.  I have another URL filter from a top 5 antivirus company, and they also have had several but different false positives this week including virtual currency pools.

    I don't believe these companies are licensing the same URL filter database from a 3rd party, I believe they all have their own unique database.  The blocked sites have not matched between these filters.

     

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    rotblitz

    @edwinda
    "Bitcoinplus.com had the malware tag"

    But this is not what you complained about. You talked about categories, and malware is not a category in the domain tagging system. If you had initially mentioned this, it would have been clearer.

    "Case DT #PAY-54298-621 is one example."

    What is this? An OpenDNS ticket reference? Doesn't ring a bell with me, I'm just a user like you, not staff.

    "Having OpenDNS re-categorize this doesn't return the currency lost while these sites are improperly categorized."

    Yes, sh.. happens, especially with business like this. There are many, many single points of failure possible, not just DNS. It's just a totally normal "business risk", if you know what this is. And, if you detected that sites were blocked, you would have been able to immediately unblock them for your network what you may have done anyway when saying "Having OpenDNS re-categorize".

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    rotblitz

    "I have a multilayer filtering approach in place."

    LOL. Even worse for your purpose. You seem to like provoking business risks. ;-)

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    rotblitz

    Just reading: "OpenDNS isn't the only URL filter being abused this week."

    I caught you. Good news: OpenDNS is not an URL filter at all, in no way. OpenDNS as DNS service can block domains only, not URLs.

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