I'm Not Spamming You, Honest! | April 9, 2005
If you’re visiting this site because you’ve been sent some spam that appears to come from this domain, I’m afraid the we’ve both been had. Some lovely person has decided to “spoof” my email address and send out tens of thousands of spam emails pretending to come from me. Unfortunately, because it’s so easy to forge email headers, there is absolutely nothing I can do to stop this.
I’ve now become the victim of what’s technically known as a Joe Job. In the last 10 minutes I’ve had around 200 bounced emails get through my own spam filtering. Another 200 the 10 minutes before that. I’d hate to think how many are actually hitting the server, but I imagine it’ll be quite a lot.
If you’ve received one of these spam emails, it may be worth reporting the server they are coming from. To do this you’ll need to select “Show Full Email Headers” in your mail program, copy out the spam email and paste it into the SpamCop website. SpamCop will interrogate these headers, attempt to deduce who owns the IP address the spam is coming from and provide you with the email address you should report the abuse to. Send the spam you received, including the full headers, to this address along with a message that reads something like this.
“I am receiving spoofed messages from the server addressed in the headers of this email. Please shut down this server immediately, or close the relays on the box. You are hosting a machine that is spamming and may be held liable if you refuse to correct this issue.”
The spammer is probably exploiting a hole in this server and the company running it will want to know about this and shut down the hole as soon as possible.
Posted at April 9, 2005 4:06 PM