POP3 DoS attacks and mailanyone.net?

Winn Johnston WJohnston at induscorp.com
Tue Sep 1 19:58:42 UTC 2009

Issues with gmail.com 

here in DC

Winn Johnston
From: up at 3.am [up at 3.am]
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 3:28 PM
To: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: POP3 DoS attacks and mailanyone.net?

For the first time since I can remember, my POP3 server was effectively
shut down by too many simultaneous connections today.  The first fix I
tried was to raise the number of connections from the default 40 to 100,
but the problem soon returned.

I finally ipfw'd off the offending IP ( for anyone
interested), then went to look for other possible offenders in the log.  I
noticed several thousand connections today to a few dozen former users
from 4 IPs from  One of the users was actually

These IPs belong to mailanyone.net.  The tech contact in their ARIN record
is listed as:

OrgTechHandle: BHE57-ARIN
OrgTechName:   Heitman, Bryan
OrgTechPhone:  +1-816-587-4700
OrgTechEmail:  hostmaster at mailanyone.net

However, that phone number goes to a UPS store that has no idea what I'm
talking about.  I then dialed their suppseod NOC number:

Comment:    FuseMail, LLC Network Operations Center contact
Comment:    877.888.3873 x3

I am on hold with that number right now with some very loud and annoying

Can anyone offer any insight as to these people and how/who to deal with

Would a provider be amiss to just block their entire /21?


James Smallacombe                     PlantageNet, Inc. CEO and Janitor
up at 3.am                                                     http://3.am

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