What Wine with Spam, Deborah?
When the Wine School’s website was www.winelust.com we got alot of spam. It was a great url, but having lust in the name meant we got lots of rather interesting offers in our inboxes. We built in some serious server-level spam filters and programs, based on the opensource & amazing Spamassasin.
That was years ago, and have enjoyed a rather spam-free environment for years. Until a month ago. Spams we are getting now range in the hundreds daily (and those are just the ones that are getting through, so the real number is probably closer to two or three thousand daily).
They are pernicious little bastards–they are not really selling anything, each one comes from a different server, and most of the headers are fake (as you would expect from spam), spoofed email addresses are real, but the names attached to them are computer generated.
Either we are dealing with a overly enthusiastic spammer, or we are being hit with a unique DOS attack. Not sure which just yet. In any case, I have had to begin blocking blacklisting entire countries from hitting our email servers. I also had to blacklist the name Debora. For whatever reason, this name pops up in every spam. Weird.