Earlier this morning I tried to access my website in my office network then an error message appeared on my screen “Access Denied. Your IP address [188.8.131.52] is blacklisted. If you feel this is in error please contact your hosting providers abuse department”. Then I quickly tried to access my website from other desktop of my colleague still the error is same. Next I pinged one my friends who is online in Gmail and asked her to ping my website. She said she is able to access my website. Then only I came to know there is a problem with my office network.
Next I started googling what could be the possible reasons for the error. I read many forums where the same issue is discussed. But there is no unique answer so I end up with nothing. In one of the forums it was mentioned this error is because of hacker attack and contact hosting provider. I was shocked after seeing that.
My website is hosted on Bluehost. Immediately I logged into my hosting account and started an online chat with a support guy. I explained him the error I’m getting after few minutes he told that I can access website now then I asked him what is the reason for the error? He said it is because of DDOS attack (denial-of-service attack) they blacklisted my ip address. After request they have added my ip address back to whitelist and I regained the access. So it should be done from server end only.
A DDOs attack is a web-based attack flooding unwanted, useless Internet messages overwhelming the server, making it impossible for the web server to operate properly. When server is receiving such a spammy messages it blocks the ip address from where it is receiving the messages by keeping the ip address in blacklist.
1. Get in Touch with Hosting Provider.
2. Clear browser history.
3. Clear Spam from your computer.
4. Change your WordPress or Blogger password.
5. Check your .htaccess file for suspicious code and delete it.