Report reveals the dirty dozen top spam-relaying countries

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A new report by Sophos has revealed the top twelve spam-relaying countries – and, once again, it’s bad news for the United States.

Many members of the public still don’t understand the vital role that they can play in fighting spam – preventing their home PC from becoming infected.

What many people haven’t learnt is that the spammers don’t use their own computers to send spam – instead they create botnets of compromised PCs around the world (also known as “zombies”), which they can remotely command to spew out unwanted marketing messages, malicious links and even launch distributed denial-of-service attacks.

SophosLabs has just published its latest report into the top countries relaying spam around the world…

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.

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