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Q1-2006 Global SPAM Statistics
By: MarkJ - 20 April, 2006 (12:36 PM)

Sophos has published its latest report on the top twelve spam relaying countries over the first quarter of 2006. Unsurprisingly the USA continues to place first (23.1%), with China/Hong Kong coming in a close second (21.9%):

Experts at SophosLabs™ scanned all spam messages received in the company's global network of spam traps, and have revealed that while the United States has continued to make good progress in its efforts to reduce spam-relaying statistics, there is still more spam sent from US computers than any other nation. However as a continent, North America is now close to being overtaken by Europe, with both lying behind Asia in terms of spam relayed.

1. United States - 23.1%
2. China (incl Hong Kong) - 21.9%
3. South Korea - 9.8%
4. France - 4.3%
5. Poland - 3.8%
6. Spain - 3.3%
7. Germany - 3.0%
8. Brazil - 2.9%
9. Japan - 2.0%
10. United Kingdom - 1.9%

The reduction in US-relayed spam has had a significant impact on the rest of the chart, with China now closer than ever to the top. Poland, Spain and Germany all saw their spam-relaying percentages rise between Q4 2005, and Q1 2006, while the UK, which was absent altogether from the Q4 2005 dirty dozen, has now re-entered the table in tenth position. These changes have helped Europe challenge North America for second position in the top spam-relaying continents.

"Europe is in danger of overtaking North America as the second worst spam-relaying part of the world. This continental shift is inevitable because as North America's percentage continues to fall, the rest of the world is witnessing a rise," explained Cluley. "It's imperative that computer users worldwide put better defences in place to prevent their computers from being converted into spam-spewing zombies."


Computer users and ISP’s can put all the protection in the world at the front of their Internet connection, yet until governments realise the importance of an even tougher stance then the problem will never be gone.


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