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Easter spam gone mad

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Easter spam gone mad

:x I checked my e-mails at 7:15 am and then switched the computer off.

Switched it on again at 11am and have just finished deleting the 1,500+ spam from my in box.

Mostly delivery failures from other isp's because the message had a virus attached.

The spammer is using a mixture of letters such as icd, xlt, fgh, as the first part of the return address and @my real address.plus.com which is rather annoying.
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Easter spam gone mad

Not a lot you can do about this until Sender Policy Framework is introduced along with an authenticated relay to allow people to send PN e-mail from non PN IP addresses when roaming, or mandantory use of SSL webmail outside of the PN network.

I did ask about such measures at the Open Day, following similar experiences of other forum users, and was told it was being looked at.

If this is generally supported here then I'll raise it with PUG.

Nb- As SPF is far from universal it won't yet prevent spoofing of PN addresses to all providers, but it will allow an extremely accurate method of rejecting spoofed mail sent outside the PN network to those providers who have introduced it.
Plusnet Staff
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Easter spam gone mad

Hi,

The one thing we can do is blackhole your catch all email address so that all the random stuff gets binned rather than being sent to you.

The way to do this is to set up mailboxes and redirects for any address before the @ symbol that you actually use then raise a ticket and we can set up the blackhole.
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Easter spam gone mad

Thanks for the advice, i set up a few filters myself.

It was a bit of a shock to get so many in such a short time.
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Easter spam gone mad

Not surprised, that's quite a lot of spam. I'm getting about 300 spams a day and it just seems to be on the up. Sometimes people's domain names and email addresses get targeted by spammers for a mail bomb, other times they just latch on to email addresses as the sender's address.

With a sudden burst of spam it's always wise to do a full virus and spyware scan just to be on the safe side and if you have any CGI scripts or mail forms check they are secure.
Snarf
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Easter spam gone mad

I've always wondered what the hit rate of return on spam is, it must be reasonable to make the spamming possible.

What's also interesting is that today I had 2 spam emails labelled urgent and from admin@viagra.com - they contained a picture which outlook blocked from downloading, however they weren't marked as spam. I couldn't forward them to the spamchecker either without downloading the picture first (thus alerting that my account is active).