Are PIA exit nodes being blocked?

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Are PIA exit nodes being blocked?


I just tried to connect to this site via Private Internet Access vpn and got a FORBIDDEN! page. My exit node at the time was out of Montreal. Are all PIA nodes blocked? I expect some unscrupulous characters using PIA were the cause.



Choopa has garnered a reputation as an occasional source of massive spam and hack attacks. When they're clean, they're fine, but when they're dirty, you have to kill their requests with as little processing as possible, which means at the IP address level, to keep the load down on the server. From what I can tell, a number of security blacklists include Choopa. One that we use includes it.

If you need an IP address or IP block opened up as a special case, I can do that for you.

Thanks, but no, I am actually

Thanks, but no, I am actually using my main vpn as we speak. I was just curious.


Just had the same issue.

Just had the same issue.

Issue has resurfaced

Issue has resurfaced yesterday using PIA and is still ongoing today.

This is the report I got:

     403 FORBIDDEN!     

Either the address you are accessing this site from has been banned for previous malicious behavior or the action you attempted is considered to be hostile to the proper functioning of this system.

The detected reason(s) you were blocked are:
Westhost, not an access provider ISP (ASN-WESTHOST-12).

Your IP, Domain Name (if resolvable), the referring page (if any), QUERY, POST, User Agent, time of access, and date have been logged and flagged for admin review. Please either 1. Stop the bad behavior, or 2. Cease accessing this system.

Your connection details:
Record #: 541427
Time: Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:46:19 -0600
Running: 0.4.10a3 / MS-77g / D30-2014-11a / BADHOST-2015-02a / BADIP-2015-11+U.2 / COOK-2015-02a
Stripped Query: 
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/61.0.3163.100 Safari/537.36
Reconstructed URL: http:// /

    Generated by ZB Block 0.4.10a3 / MS-77g / D30-2014-11a / BADHOST-2015-02a / BADIP-2015-11+U.2 / COOK-2015-02a

More PIA issues

I tried to login this morning and with the PIA tool enabled in Chrome, I get the following:


You don't have permission to access /node on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Apache Server at Port 80"

If I disable the PIA tool I can login normally.  If the PIA tool is enabled after logging in, any sort of text entry is met with a forbidden message.

If I had a whole house instantiation of PIA, this would be problematic. Anyone know why this is occuring?


Unsecured Site is an unsecured site, allowing login from "http://" instead of the more secured and encrypted "https://", thus Chrome PIA probably doesn't like that in its default settings.  As Doug replied in the 2nd post, the actions by the webmaster Tex was taken due to massive hacks and spam the site was receiving.  I can not go into detail since I do not know the specifics.


I use Firefox and do not experience "forbidden" problems.  I suggest examining PIA in Chrome further to see if you can add an exception for the lightzone project, if you deem the site safe.



update lightzone ?

I live in the Pacific Sud and I use always LIGHTZONE home that I find simple and accurate.
I would like to know if changes or updates are planned in the near future;
Thank you and congratulations for this software. Excuse my English. I am French. Olivier