Maximum number of connections from user+IP exceeded... when accessing email

After 18 months of no issues I’m getting the following error when my email client tries to retrieve email messages:

“The server for account “[my account]” returned the error “Maximum number of connections from user+IP exceeded (mail_max_userip_connections).” Your username/password or security settings may be incorrect. Would you like to try re-entering your password?”

What the heck? We are a small company with just two email users. I hadn’t changed passwords prior to this. This has been going on for several days.

maybe this is related to this incident:

I’d suggest you to open a ticket with DreamHost Support.

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