Dealing with the spammer aftermath

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Just in case you’ve come here today investigating where the spam email you received this morning came from, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Spammers used my “inphotos.org” domain name to send hundreds, if not thousands of spam messages and my poor server is receiving the brunt of dealing with the failed return messages from all over the world.

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I configured Postfix to accept up to 400 concurrent connections and they’ve been maxed out for the past several days.

$ ps auxw|grep -c smtp
401

That also means that if you sent me email over the last 2 days and I haven’t replied, send it again later. Your mail server may have timed out contacting my server. It should keep trying for 4 hours, but after that it will probably send you back an email saying the email was undeliverable. There’s not much I can do right now except ride out the storm and hope it finishes soon.

Update! The bounced emails are still flooding in. I changed the MX record for this domain and temporarily closed Postfix to outside connections so if you want to contact me, do so at donncha @ ocaoimh.ie instead, thanks!


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2 Comments

  1. Mike Reply

    Wow, yeah. I actually moved the email out of quarantine because I *knew* I had recognized the domain.

    That’s really terrible, I just got the email today – they seem to be continuing to send emails using your domain.

  2. robert Reply

    Donncha, I sent you a message on Twitter but I think it’s worth repeating here for anyone else with a similar problem.

    If using Postfix as your MTA, the Backscatter Readme is well worth reading to deal with this problem:

    http://www.postfix.org/BACKSCATTER_README.html

    Cheers!

    http://blog.sweetnam.eu/

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