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July 25, 2006

Do You Know a Spammer?

Topics: Technology

Toping China and South Korea, the US remained the leader in spam-relaying nations during the second quarter of 2006, accounting for 23.2 per cent of the world's unsolicited email. The dirty dozen:

1. United States 23.2%
2. China (inc. Hong Kong) 20.0%
3. S Korea 7.5%
4. France 5.2%
5. Spain 4.8%
6. Poland 3.6%
7. Brazil 3.1%
8. Italy 3.0% new entry
9. Germany 2.5%
10. United Kingdom 1.8%
11. Taiwan 1.7%
12. Japan 1.6%
Others 22.0%
One of the problems with fighting the sources of spam is unwitting victims also become distributors:
The vast majority of the spam tracked by Sophos was relayed by botnets of 'zombie' computers hijacked by Trojan horses, worms and viruses under the control of hackers.

Nevertheless, the US is actively arresting and fining the individuals we all despise for wasting out time and resources. There's also a spam conspiracy: it's the Russians, they're behind it all

Even though Russia does not feature in the dirty dozen of spam relaying countries, Sophos claims to have uncovered evidence that Russian spammers may be controlling "vast networks" of zombie PCs.

Posted by tim at July 25, 2006 10:53 AM

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