Security.SE (security.stackexchange.com) is apparently blocked by Smoothwall, a content filtering product. I discovered this while trying to access the Security.SE site while traveling and connected to my hotel's Internet connection. Apparently, Smoothwall has listed Security.SE in its blacklist, claiming that Security.SE is a hacking tool -- which is pretty silly.
Is there anything we can do about this, to get Security.SE off Smoothwall's blacklist?
Apparently the Smoothwall corporate site has a place to submit feedback about their blocklist, but it is only open to those who have a Smoothwall serial number. If anyone here has a Smoothwall serial number, I suggest you submit a message to them.
Otherwise, perhaps other users of Security.SE might want to submit a support request to Smoothwall to ask them to remove us from their block list. Candidate text:
You have blocked security.stackexchange.com, listing it as a site for hacking tools. This is not accurate; it is a site for computer security professionals, not a hacking site. Please remove this site from the Smoothwall blacklist.
The contact information listed on their site is to email
firstname.lastname@example.org or to submit a request via the web. They also list their phone numbers on their contact page. Perhaps if they receive a professional message from a StackExchange employee, or from a happy user of Security.SE, they might move us off their blocklist.
Here's a screenshot of the block message I saw, when I tried to access
security.stackexchange.com from the hotel wireless network: