Mail Box Stress and Joe Jobbing

If you’ve tried to email me recently then you may have noticed that my mail server has been down a lot (or just that I’ve not responded). Over the last 10 days was used as the reply-to and bounce addresses in a LOT of spam, not an uncommon form of a Joe Job but an annoying one one the less.

The last couple of weeks have been manic and so, while it was a little drastic, the easiest way to prevent my inbox from flooding (and I mean flooding) was to turn my SMTP server off. And add some countermeasures that’ll stop this biting me quite so hard in the future. It’s back up and running now (and I’m not getting any more bounces) - so overkill can work.