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Sudden Spam Increase

Hawks
Grafter
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Registered: 02-08-2007

Sudden Spam Increase

Normally, I have no problems with spam but yesterday morning I received around 200 'delayed delivery messages' in the space of about 2 hours.  All had unrecognised addresses on them.  I have received a further dozen or so today.  The only coincidence is that I was running anti-virus scans both times when all these rogue messages arrived in my mail box.  Surely that was no more than a coincidence?  I have run those scans many times before without this happening.  Has anybody experienced anything similar this weekend?
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Kwak
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Registered: 05-11-2007

Re: Sudden Spam Increase

Oddly enough I considered posting here on this subject a while ago:
I don't use my name.plusnet.com address for anything, I have a domain that forwards to it, so not
many people 'out there' should really have it.
About a month or two ago, I was surfing away and suddenly started getting emails as you describe,
failure notices, and I got a more than 200 hundred of them, more like .5-600 of them over
the course of a day, then it stopped, then I got another couple hundred a few days later,
then it stopped again, thank god. They were all spoofing my plusnet address/domain e.g.
madeup@myname.plus.com, which was VERY strange.
I wondered if anyone else had seen anything like this?
I wondered at the time if some website had sneakily reverse dnsed me in some way and
started spoofing it (even though I have it set to ip.plus.com, I believe it's possible) or they
were somehow going through plusnet domain names? It wasn't like I was on
wierd sites but a couple were those annoying pages that come high in google listings
but whose entire content is 'other links and nothing useful', so are probably more than
a bit 'spam friendly' .. got me wondering..
Hawks
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Posts: 31
Registered: 02-08-2007

Re: Sudden Spam Increase

Yes, Kwak.  Sounds very similar.  All the spam emails (and I'm still receiving them - but not at the same rate) have different 'madeup@myname.plus.com' style addresses in them and the subjects shown are also different each time (but all the usual wacky stuff).
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Re: Sudden Spam Increase

It was covered in this thread.
For me it stopped as suddenly as it started  - HTH Smiley

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Kwak
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Registered: 05-11-2007

Re: Sudden Spam Increase

Hawks, an interesting thing I noticed was all of the made up (or harvested) names started with same letter.
Same with you?
ChrisL
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Re: Sudden Spam Increase

As well as the thread linked by Mav, you might like to have a look at this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outscatter .....  Your problem is a common one, and should sort itself out over a few days.
Hope this helps
Chris
jazz
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Posts: 240
Registered: 06-04-2007

Re: Sudden Spam Increase

Yep - this is a temporary problem.  I got 2,500 on my first day of "backscatter" last month but by day 4 it had stopped and I just got the odd one or two more a couple of weeks later (must have been some very slow thinking servers rejecting the spoofed emails!).  All were said to emanate from my username but all had "madeup@username.plus.com.  They were all variations on the same "madeup" element.  I started using Webmail for a couple of days to go and delete rubbish there rather than wasting time downloading it to my own computer.  I'm sure your problem will go away soon.  Smiley
Hawks
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Registered: 02-08-2007

Re: Sudden Spam Increase

Thank you everyone.  I'm still getting them (16 more so far today) but at least it's not the huge numbers that some of you guys received - touch wood!  Yes, Kwak - all the addresses start with the same letter - it's "n" this time. 
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Re: Sudden Spam Increase

Hey guys, can you be absolutely sure that your 'username' hasn't been mentioned in a public domain anywhere at all, not on your websites etc. or given your e-mail address to any organisations, or worse had your website hacked?