Author: O.D2 (18 Apr 10 9:05pm)
Today I was backing up my site etc, so I was at the final steps of backup and I was donwloading them via ftp. at that moment I had Firefox closed completely. As I have setup cron jobs to send me email everytime the log changes (talking about the httpbl.php file), actually everytime someone gets trapped, I of course went to the file to get the ip, check it and/or ban it. It was actually an ip from my own country (I am on dynamic ip), that had issues in the last year as a mail spammer, so I thought of banning it from cPanel, as I did.
..and guess what !! I banned myself !!
now you will think, are you man running a spam software and that's why ? not even close.
anyway. the worst was that I totally got trapped at the end of this storry cause I could not even enter my own site's adminsitrator page (using Joomla here). it was forwarding me to the honeypot page I had created for the spammers. amazing ! just great ! and actually not only on 1 of my sites, but on all of my sites in the same hosting account (4 different Joomla installations). I called another admin that lives in another city to login to the backend of all sites and disable the plugin.
I thought of posting this before I completely uninstall hte httpbl plugin for joomla. I really think many things go wrong with this project although it felt great at first. some may think that I didn't set things up correct. alright.
now I have to go through all those IPs I banned from cPanel and check all the logs of httpbl to see if I had banned innocent people.