[clug] what do I do if I'm being hit by a foreign server?

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Sun Oct 17 16:45:15 MDT 2010

Daniel Rose <drose at dtlm.homelinux.net> writes:
>  On 18/10/10 08:20, Peter Barker wrote:
>>> 'Backscatter' like this is so common you could have a full-time job just
>> I believe "backscatter" is really where you get hit with stuff which has
>> "bounced" off a target.  The best example (on the internet, at least :-) )
>> is where your email address is forged as the "from" address by a spammer.
>> The "backscatter" in this case is the flood of bounce messages you receive,
>> even though you didn't send the original mail.  I speak from unfortunate
>> experience, and that's with appropriate DNS RR in place.
> We call that a "joe job".  I was using the term in more generic sense, to
> try and create an image akin to static background hiss.  I shouldn't have
> used quotes!

That terminology doesn't quite match my experience: the "Joe Job" is the
forged address on the mail, "backscatter" is the consequence of one, where
MTAs that generate bounce emails (or anti-virus notes) flood you with

Has the terminology moved on that far from where it was a few years back?


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