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E-mail bombardment of "postmasters" this afternoon
Thread poster: Mervyn Henderson

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Mar 17, 2008

This isn't the right section to post, I think, but I'm not sure which one to put it on ...

Am I the only one getting bombed by Postmaster, MAILER DEMON- etc. mails this afternoon? At the rate of twenty or thirty every 10 minutes or so? I have anti-virus and e-mail scan, but nothing seems to stop the little bleeders.

Any suggestions?


Thanks,


Mervyn


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Happened to me once Mar 17, 2008

About three years ago, I think It went on for about two months and then stopped. There was a forum thread about it at the time, can't find it now, but several people had had similar experiences.

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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Can it be that your email address is being used by someone... Mar 17, 2008

who is spamming hundreds of people, and that you're receiving all the failed delivery notifications? I'm not sure how that would work but it's the first thing that came to my mind.

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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Previous discussion Mar 17, 2008

I just looked in the forums after reading Jack's reply and found this discussion http://www.proz.com/topic/20051 - Ralf's reply confirms what I said. I must have read it before and it was somewhere in the back of my head!

[Edited at 2008-03-17 19:27]


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Rad Graban  Identity Verified
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Similar Mar 17, 2008

It must be THE day. Not exactly the same, but had hundreds of spams coming through to my inbox, which are usually very well filtered into my spam folder. Have contacted Yahoo! (my e-mail provider) regarding it.

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Found the thread I meant Mar 17, 2008

The forum discussion I referred to earlier was not the one found by Nesrin, it was this one:
http://www.proz.com/topic/63342
which includes a link to a similar topic in French. It was actually January 2007, so later than I thought.


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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot Mar 18, 2008

As Rad said, maybe it was just THE day, for last night I left them still streaming across the hyperspace plain like so many virtual lemmings heading for mass wipeout, thinking that judging by the rate they were coming in I'd have to clean up thousands of them this morning, but there were only a mere 600 or so by 7.30 (only!). So I think maybe they stopped en masse at midnight or something. There have been two or three this morning, but nothing like yesterday.

I found it was well nigh impossible to reconfigure e-mail rejections, since there were so many different addresses - MAILER DAEMON, Undelivered, Postmaster ...

So that seems to be OK for now, fingers crossed, but it does make you feel rather vulnerable and start thinking about next time it happens.

Me, I blame the government ...


All the best,


Mervyn


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Michael Deliso  Identity Verified
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E-mail bombardment... Mar 18, 2008

Hi Mervyn, I don't know if it'll help, but when that happened to me, I just logged in my mail provider and put a block to any mail coming from that particular address and listed it as spam. It worked for me because the provider stopped any mail with that specific address.

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