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Around the 1st of this month a hacker uploaded an exploit script to one of the domains on my primary server. From this they managed to send 45,000 spam emails out, therefor giving the server a MTA's poor reputation (MTA is the acronym for Mail Transfer Agent and it's nothing more than a fancy term for your server that sends out your mail.) bla bla bla...
What does this mean to you?
For most of you, nothing, but if you send out a high volume of emails to various large mail providers like @hotmail.com, @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, you may notice bounce backs of their email or them landing in a spam box because of this poor rating. For this to effect you you must have and email account attached to your domain (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org), it will not effect you if you are using G-Mail or Bigpond etc. And you must be on the effected server, to find out if you are, go here: https://www.site24x7.com/find-ip-address-of-web-site.html and type in your domain name, if it returns the IP 18.104.22.168 this will explain any email problems you may be having.
What Am I Doing About This?
When mail is sent from my server it sends it from an IP address, in this case 22.214.171.124, so this is the IP address with the poor rating. My hosting supplier is in the process of changing the IP over (NOTE: this should have taken effect now) and I now have two backup IP addresses in case this happens again and the change over time will be quicker in the future. I have also added an exploit scanner to the server to monitor and new files and report suspicious behaviour.
I'm sure the hacker is sorry for all the trouble he has caused, but if they are not, I am. Please be assured that the problem will be resolved shortly.
Thank you, Danny Poole.
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