U.S., Belarus Spam Leaders

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 09:04 AM gHale

When it comes to spam, the United States is the leader in the “countries by volume” category, while Belarus tops the “countries by population” category, a new report said.

In the first category, the U.S. accounts for 16 percent of all spam, according Sophos’ “Dirty Dozen” spam report for the first quarter of 2014. Spain, Russia, Italy, China, Germany, Japan, France, Argentina, South Korea, Ukraine, and India all follow the U.S.

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In the countries by population grouping, Belarus heads the list, followed by Uruguay, Israel, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Spain, Bahamas, Macau, Romania, Macedonia, and Argentina.

Bulgaria, Spain, Macau, Romania, and Argentina are new entries in the “by population” category.

In the “by volume” category, Israel moved up to third from 12th and 7th in previous quarters.
Belarus topping the “Spam-Relaying ‘Dirty Dozen’ Countries by Population” chart is not surprising, researchers said because the country is becoming a hotspot for spammers.

It is important to keep in mind, these are spam-relaying countries, which means it is not necessarily sent out by individuals or organizations located in these countries. Instead, it means that computers in these locations end up abused for spam.

Click here to view the report.

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