I’m currently suffering a backscatter spam attack, 95% of which is coming from orange.fr’s misconfigured email servers. 500 emails and counting. I’ve certainly seen worse (much worse), but not anything on this scale for many years. It feels kind of… retro.
Presumably the reason backscatter spam has grown rarer is that these days, most mail servers are now configured properly. And yet — it seems that at end of 2011, there are still major service providers that employ systems engineers and product managers who do not understand the basic principles of mail server configuration.
You’re welcome, orange.fr systems engineers and product managers! I’m glad we were able to have this positive cultural exchange.