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Our SMTP queue is filled with a ton of emails.  Most of them end in .tw; for example geo.tw.  The queue keeps growing and growing.  In SMTP server properties I unchecked   "Allow all computers which successfully authenticate to relay, regardless of the list above."  I also have "only the list below" selected.  After the changes I restarted the smtp service.  Still no luck.

I do not see email sent out from postmaster.  The sender is some random email address to some random destination email address.

I used network monitor to see where all this smtp traffic is coming from.  They were all a bunch of random public ip's; the ip is spoofed.

Any ideas????

Thanks!
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by:DarinTCH
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if you do not actually recv mail fom the xxx.tw then block it completely
flussh your queue
and monitor it
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okay,  We our mx record points to our SPAM filter through a 3rd party.  Block it there? Or on the Exchange server?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Thanks Shree.

You are an Authenticated relay and my article will help you to identify which account is being abused.  If you want a quick fix - disable Basic and Windows Authentication in your SMTP Virtual Server and restart the SMTP Service.  Then change ALL your passwords.

My blog should help you to tighten up security too:

http://alanhardisty.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/increase-in-frequency-of-security-alerts-on-servers-from-hackers-trying-brute-force-password-programs/
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by:wyrickits
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Shreedhar,

  You were right on.  We had an account that comprised.  We enabled logging then saw the 1708 error which led us to the account.

Thanks!

If the sender is not postmaster@yourdomain.com and is some random address, please Open Exchange System Manager and expand Servers> Right-click the Server Name and choose Properties> Select the Diagnostics Logging tab.

In the Services window, select MSExchangeTransport, and in the Categories window increase the logging level for Authentication to maximum.  Once you have done this, keep an eye on your Application Event Logs looking for event ID 1708 and it should soon become apparent which account is being abused.  Once you know which user account is being abused, change the password for that account and then stop and restart the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Service and then cleanup your queues (The Administrator account is the usual target for spammers).  Here is a good document to help you cleanup – http://www.amset.info/exchange/spam-cleanup.asp
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by:Alan Hardisty
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There is also a tool called AQADMCLI.exe that you can use to quickly zap the queues on your server rather than have to follow the link in my article.

Have a quick search for it and if you get stuck for the right commands - please ask.

Alan
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