SOPHOS REVEALS LATEST 'DIRTY DOZEN' SPAM PRODUCING COUNTRIES
Anti-Spam Specialist Reveals the Biggest Exporters of Junk
computers - PCs which have been compromised by hackers or
virus writers - are sending out approximately 40% of the world's
spam, all without the apparent knowledge of the user."
scanned all spam messages received at its global network of
honeypots in the last month and have revealed the top twelve
spam producing countries. The United States remains by far
the worst offender, exporting 42.53% of all spam.
nine months on from the CAN-SPAM legislation and the United
States' attempt to clean up its act appears to have had little
impact. The States is still, by far, the biggest exporter
of spam in the world," said Graham Cluley, senior technology
consultant for Sophos. "Canada has made some progress,
however, cutting the percentage of the world's junk email
sent from the country by over half - from 6.8% six months
ago to 2.9% today."
notes that the most broadband-connected country in the world,
South Korea, has consolidated its position as a leading producer
of spam - almost tripling the percentage of spam originating
from its shores since February.
are motivated by watching their bank accounts get fatter and
fatter, and many have turned to hacking into innocent third-party
computers to send their junk emails," said Cluley. "Many
of the computers sending out spam are likely to have had their
broadband internet connections exploited by remote hackers."
urges computer users not to purchase products advertised via
spam, and to deploy a consolidated solution at the email gateway
which can protect against both spam and viruses.
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