I have little sympathy for spammers, but I don't think the situation is as cut-and-dried as it's being made out.
12 hours ago, elmer wrote
However, Spamhaus don't 'block' anyone, they simply collate a list of servers that they believe are spammers, and people can choose to use it or not - freedom of internet choice.
They may not actively block anyone, but because their lists are being used by so many people, they effectively have gained the power to block people, simply by adding them to their list. Besides, you can "choose" not to use the Spamhaus lists, but their service has become vital. By "choosing" not to use it you're setting yourself up for a world of hurt.
Add to that the fact that their tactics are somewhat heavy-handed: an Austrian domain registrar asks for proof that registration information is incorrect (because they cannot, by law, just suspend some domains just because Spamhaus asked them to) and rather than providing said information Spamhaus just puts their mail server on the spam support services list.
I've also seen it happen, repeatedly, that companies sending legitimate newsletters are put on a list because some fool forgot he subscribed to it and reported it as spam.
To me, the whole situation sounds a lot like two immature whingebags fighting their own little war. What with Anonymous and now this, why does the internet seem like it's ruled by angry 15 year olds?