Email storms have the potential to take down email servers due to the sheer volume of traffic they generate.
Some email viruses also have the capacity to create email storms, by sending copies of themselves to an infected user's contacts, including distribution lists, infecting the contacts in turn.
On October 3, 2007, an email storm was generated at the US Department of Homeland Security, causing more than 2.2 million messages to be sent, and exposing the names of hundreds of security professionals.
E-Mail Storm Retreats: How Automated Archive Reins In Thousands Of E-Mails Each Month At One CU.(credit unions)
Oct 23, 2006; ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Searching for one misplaced message-on a server overflowing with millions of e-mails-used to take the better...