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28 Jan 2012
My mail server has a lot of spamtraps. They come from various sources, but
one of the most prolific is bad addresses in personal domains. Several of
my users have their own domains, such as my own johnlevine.com, in which they
use a handful of addresses. Those addresses tend either to be people's first
names, for individual mailboxes, or else the names of companies. If I did
business with Verizon (which I do not) I might give them an address like
All those domains get mail to lots of other addresses, which is 100% spam.
The made up addresses are largely dictionary attacks, which is obvious
when I see sequential spam to barry@, betsy@, and bruno@. Some of them
are company addresses that leaked to spammers before the companies went
out of business years ago. And some are just mysteries.
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