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Spammers Killed My Catchall Address

It’s amazing what you find when digging through old backups. Another item I found was my ancient collection of mailboxes for my catchall address. In early February 2007 I finally surrendered to the spammers that were hammering my mail server. There was no hint that the spam rate was going to decrease, so the catchall went away.

This chart shows the change, from 61 messages in January 2002, to more than 85,000 in January 2007. It took until May 2002 to break 100; 11 months later to break 1,000; then until October 2004 to shatter the 10K barrier with 12,428.

If I get a few minutes free (ha!) I’ll re-enable to catchall to see how much garbage comes through.