Back in February, I sat down around lunchtime in front of my laptop and noticed something strange happening with my inbox. Rather than the normal amount of emails, I saw that I had just under 1,000 new unread messages. Naturally, I started to panic.
I hopped on to our hosting account and quickly started a dialogue with the support team there and found that this was not a spam attack as I initially thought. What I was receiving were thousands of newsletter and form subscriptions. Some automated process was running and subscribing this email account to newsletter and contact forms all over the internet. It was fast and it was virtually unstoppable.
In just a matter of 2 hours, the primary inbox at work had received a little over 55,000 emails to the point where the only solution was to delete the email account entirely.