China slides off list of top spam-relaying nations

Graham Cluley

China gets a lot of flak from various corners of the globe for being a hotbed of cybercrime, and so it’s only fair to report when there’s some good news coming from behind the bamboo curtain.

The latest “dirty dozen” stats from Sophos, examining the top twelve countries which are relaying spam from compromised computers, show that China has dropped off the list.

Indeed, in the last 12 months Sophos’s research shows that the proportion of spam relayed by Chinese computers has steadily reduced.

A new dirty ‘gang of four’ – South Korea, Brazil, India and their ringleader USA – account for over 30% of all the spam relayed by hacked computers around the globe…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.