I have a small pantload of accounts here at Dreamhost and everyone of them is complaining of a somewhat recent and major spike in the receiving of junkmail, I've noticed it on personal and business accounts as well.
I need to be able to speak intelligently on this to these PO'd people when they call so I'm hoping we can get some good info flowing through this thread, a reference for the ages even!
Now the specifics of the scenario that's concerning me the most:
Some clients with very specific addresses assigned to their mailboxes (ie: John.Franklin.Doe@ etc etc) and that have never given out their email address outside of person to person business, or had it published on the web, are now receiving volumes of junkmail.
You can always expect a load to info@ sales@ webmaster@ etc etc but very specific extra virgin addresses like this?
My hypothesis is that the latest generation (or perhaps for quite some time?) of viruses are harvesting these addresses from personal address books/contact lists and sending them home for sale to spammers? Anyone know if that's the case?
Anyone know of any other explanation for the obvious marked spike in inbox rubbish lately?
And most importantly, is there currently anything that can be done about it?