Spam being sent using my email address

Posted on 2008-10-26
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I have had massive amounts of pornographic spam that has been sent using my email address, NOT my mail server, but my address.

One of the admin reports that my mail was blocked by spam also included the original host header, so I looked up one of the IPs:


It says:
ATTENTION: At the time of detection, this IP was infected with, or NATting for a computer infected with a high volume spam sending trojan - it is participating or facilitating a botnet sending spam or spreading virus/spam trojans.

So evidentally this mail server is infected and sending out spam, but why my email address?

Is this something everyone is going to experience due to some new thing?

Is there something I can do on my end to put a stop to this?

Question by:Starr Duskk
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DewFreak earned 2000 total points
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This is called backscatter and there really isn't al ot you can do about it.  It has been going on for years.  You being an individual and not the mail server admin gives you virually 0 control but even as the admin there isn't much to do besides implementing SPF records etc which not all mail servers check anyway.
You could try contacting your mail admin but as I said not a lot can be done.

Whatever server was using your email as a return address has probably already started using another.

Here are some links to read more about it and some things you can do.  


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