US Top of the Spam League, Canada’s Unwanted Email Output Apparently Falls

A new survey from Sophos reveals that the US is the top spam sending nation in the world, followed in distant second place by South Korea. The US sends 42.53% of all spam, South Korea 15.42%.

The UK, France, Spain and Germany all send under 1.5% of the world’s total of spam each.

South Korea’s spam output has tripled in the last year, but Canada has managed to half the amount of spam originating from its borders – though this could simply be a fact that everyone else’s has risen. Spam now accounts for more than 65% of all emails sent. Somebody, somewhere, must be buying things from these people to make this a viable business.

The US’s spam output has risen despite the Can-spam Act coming into force this year in January, allowing ISPs and government agencies to prosecute spammers – even jailing them. The Can-spam Act also requires that unsolicited emails must have an way of opting out of future emails, but everyone knows that spammers just use this to verify if your email address is active and send even more unwanted emails.

Interestingly, 40% of the world spam total is sent through zombie PCs – computers that have had their security compromised and are being used as spam relays without the owner’s knowledge or consent.

Sophos’ Dirty Dozen

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?