HELP!! My email address is being used to spam!

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Steve_010, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. Steve_010

    Steve_010 I Like to Fence

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    I keep getting MAILER-DAEMON emails in my in-bin.

    "Returned mail: see the transcript [FAILED(1)]"
    "failure notice"

    The body of the email says that it couldn't be delivered and then the original message is about pills and other spam crap...

    I get like 10 of these a day every day. I know these emails aren't coming from me. I could care less accept that my email address is being attached to all this spam that other people are getting...tarnishing my name...

    Anyway to stop this?

    I only have 2 email address for my website and ogiq@jkmeyer.com is not one of them...
     
  2. mikeblas

    mikeblas [H]ard|DCer of the Month - May 2006

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    Call your ISP and ask them why they haven't secured your mail server.
     
  3. Zinn

    Zinn Guest

    damn, call your ISP!
     
  4. Fark_Maniac

    Fark_Maniac 2[H]4U

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    Looking at this piece of the header information:
    Received: from unknown (HELO cspup) (88.224.222.87)

    is your IP 88.224.222.87?

    A spammer could be sending spam to a list with your email as the recipient. When an email gets sent to a mail server with a bad account, it will bounce back to your account.
     
  5. tskiller

    tskiller [H]ard|Gawd

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    Or they could just be spoofing the headers....not hard to do....
     
  6. The-One

    The-One Gawd

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    That's crazy. I feel less secure on the net every day.
     
  7. mikeblas

    mikeblas [H]ard|DCer of the Month - May 2006

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    This isn't a new attack vector. You should have never felt secure on the net to begin with.
     
  8. Steve_010

    Steve_010 I Like to Fence

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    my site is hosted by http://www.1portfolio.com/

    I'm going to send them an email now...
     
  9. tskiller

    tskiller [H]ard|Gawd

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    Ok, 99% this is just a spoofed header. Anyone can do this. It's been like this since the email protocol was created. Its the same thing as writing a snail mail and putting someone elses address on the return address section. If this is indeed the case, this is just something you will have to live with. If not, well, your webhost should be shot for using open SMTP relays, or you should be shot for having a poor password.
     
  10. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Very very very wise words.

    What is happening to you is called a Joe Job, and there is exactly jack and shit you can do about it.

    Sorry.
     
  11. Steve_010

    Steve_010 I Like to Fence

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    Well thats fucking retarted....has anyone else here experienced this problem too?

    My webhost uses cpanel and there is an option to reject all emails that have an invalid email address. This has stopped me from recieving all those return to sender emails with random letters before the @

    Guess thats all I can do...
     
  12. tskiller

    tskiller [H]ard|Gawd

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    millions of people across the world have had this happen to them. Its just something you have to deal with if you want to use the internet. It's just the way that the email protocol was originally designed. i agree, many of the standard protocols we use are nigh useless these days due to the many kinds of abuse, but unfortuantly we cannot change them. its become so standard it would be impossible to move to a new system, get rid of the old systems problems, while at the same time retaining the necissary legacy support.
     
  13. shadowfax

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    hey you're lucky. When they spoofed mine it was for penis enlargement and sex toy ads, and some dimwits actually thought I was the real spammer ;)
     
  14. Steve_010

    Steve_010 I Like to Fence

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    I guess I'll just put a little disclaimer on the front of my page regarding this.
     
  15. korpse

    korpse Limp Gawd

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    +1 - unfortunately there's really nothing you can do...
     
  16. Steve_010

    Steve_010 I Like to Fence

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    Theres really nothing or there is nothing?
     
  17. Fark_Maniac

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    you could spend a lot of money to track down the spammer and then send him to sleep with the fishes....really, that's about it. ;)
    Spammers will continue to spam. This is an easy trick.
     
  18. Dew

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    One thing that may help is implimenting SPF for your domain. It will at least help people identify YOUR traffic as real.
     
  19. Cobalt2112

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    Isn't this as old as the Melissa virus?
     
  20. korpse

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  21. Nasty_Savage

    Nasty_Savage [H]eathen Taste Righteous Fire!

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    Maybe they have open relay enabled by mistake?