Two minutes of spam with Google Earth

Graham Cluley

Next week we’ll be publishing our regular report into the top “dirty dozen” nations – in other words, those countries where the most compromised machines are found relaying spam to the rest of us.

It’s often a surprise to people outside the industry to learn that most of the time spammers don’t actually use their own computers to send their unwanted marketing messages – instead they use hacked PCs belonging to innocent people, taking remote control of them and forcing them en masse to pump out junk emails.

In SophosLabs we track spam in a number of ways. In this short video my colleagues Carole Theriault and Mark Harris demonstrate how we plot the PCs sending the spam using Google Earth…

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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.