Microsoft Exchange/Office365

How to know when an IP or domain has been blacklisted

IP blacklist

A blacklist is a list of IP addresses or domains that are known sources of spam; often referred to as DNSBLs (Domain Name System Blacklists). The technology was built on top of DNS and most MTAs can be configured to reject or flag messages that have been sent from a blacklisted IP.

When a specific domain or IP is blacklisted internally, there is a possibility that this is propagated to a third-party blocklist (blacklist).

This record takes time to update and can take up to 48 hours. As soon as you have removed the IP (domain) internally, The third blocklist (the record still needs to be updated, and this can take some time to update).

Note: Many mail servers work this way (e.g., Exchange Online Protection).

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