I don't know how it happened, but happen it did. One day in October 2008 my email inbox was suddenly inundated with bounced emails. Emails I had never sent. Emails from all over the world, emails in French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
I called my ISP support line but there wasn't much they could do. They suggested I track the IPs the emails were sent from and write to the ISP that address was allocated to. But then the flood of emails dried up a bit, so I thought maybe that was it.
No such luck - a few days ago another email was bounced - this time an email I'd written. The bounce message said that my own IP address had been blacklisted. I went back to my ISP, and it transpired that two of its mail servers had been blacklisted. Whether this was part of my email nightmare or a separate issue I'm not sure. But the upshot is that they've advised me to stop using my email addresses for a month or so and see what happened. They also suggested bringing down this website.
I'm going to keep it going for a little while, because I've still got hundreds of spam-busting emails to write, but I have had to send out change of address emails to everyone, plus change my contact details for all the many websites I use regularly. Hours and hours of fun. Not.
So to anyone who's come here to see who the b****** is that's spamming them, IT'S NOT ME. I have no idea who it is. The emails came via ISPs in China, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia ... and I'm still working my way through my trash folder. I hate spammers more than you do, much, much more, because they're wasting hours and hours of my time.
© I can't imagine anyone wanting to steal any of my stuff - but don't, ok?