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USA is the Top Spamming Country in the World

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April 29, 2010 10:31:58 PM

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Oh, that'd be us.


I never knew Ireland was the lead exporter of spam {spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spamty spam oh spamty spam}.
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April 29, 2010 10:33:00 PM

Hope this will be followed by less finger-pointing from our part...
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April 29, 2010 10:34:01 PM

BOOYA!!! Take that rest of the world! America is number 1!!! I always knew we were the best!
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April 29, 2010 10:37:25 PM

What is their definition of "spam"? Do mass emails and newsletters fall into the "spam" category? If so I'm not surprised that the US is at the top. Most spam i actually receive seems to be in broken English - makes me think it's originating out of the country.
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April 29, 2010 10:39:13 PM

I must wonder........Checks inbox
Porn x300+
cheap Viagra x120+
Real estate x400+
Bill collection 300+
and so much more =/
There is even bait from Chase and City bank, $100 hand out with strings attached.
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April 29, 2010 10:43:22 PM

Spam relaying doesn't determine the source. All it means is that US has poorly configured and firewalled SMTP servers. The defualt configuration of SMTP for Windows Server 2003 and older is basicly wide open and will relay any email. Postfix isn't much better.
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April 29, 2010 10:47:19 PM

lilwillisOh no, where did Nigeria go?!?!

lilwillisOh no, where did Nigeria go?!?!

lilwillisOh no, where did Nigeria go?!?!

lilwillisOh no, where did Nigeria go?!?!

lilwillisOh no, where did Nigeria go?!?!

This made me lol it seems like their is always some pesky Nigeria based lottery winning spam scam that slips into your email in box.
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April 29, 2010 10:50:53 PM

nigeria is hustle
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April 29, 2010 11:01:37 PM

I guess the Chinese have finally finished setting up all their US proxies. :D 
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April 29, 2010 11:02:32 PM

"Sophos points out that China – often blamed for cybercrime by other countries – has disappeared from the "dirty dozen," coming in at 15th place with responsibility for relaying just 1.9% of the world’s spam."

Was the study conducted inside or outside of "The great firewall of China!" is the real question.
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April 29, 2010 11:03:22 PM

I though I saw somewhere that a lot of spam came from Canada, does not seem to be the case there or are we considerate to be part of the USA.
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April 29, 2010 11:04:13 PM

Can't read it because I CANT zoom in using the iPhone/ipodtouch app.....
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April 29, 2010 11:20:17 PM

intelliclintSpam relaying doesn't determine the source. All it means is that US has poorly configured and firewalled SMTP servers. The defualt configuration of SMTP for Windows Server 2003 and older is basicly wide open and will relay any email. Postfix isn't much better.

RazberyBanditI guess the Chinese have finally finished setting up all their US proxies.


My thoughts exactly. It's not that I choose to ignore facts. I just think the spammers are WAY smarter than those responsible for this survey at Sophos.
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April 29, 2010 11:23:57 PM

knowom"Sophos points out that China – often blamed for cybercrime by other countries – has disappeared from the "dirty dozen," coming in at 15th place with responsibility for relaying just 1.9% of the world’s spam." Was the study conducted inside or outside of "The great firewall of China!" is the real question.


good question. I do know that most of the viruses and cyber attacks still come from China, but I'm not so sure about spam. I wish these stupid news articles were put together better and gave more information about the study/review/whatever.
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April 29, 2010 11:28:13 PM

dogofwarsI though I saw somewhere that a lot of spam came from Canada, does not seem to be the case there or are we considerate to be part of the USA.


Probably part of the USA, considering the fact that many wackos want to make us the North American Union. Otherwise, the only reason Canada didn't make it to the list is because there are only 30 million people in Canada, and most of them do not send spam. It may be a high percentage there, but not necessarily a high quantity.
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April 29, 2010 11:30:36 PM

I get nearly every day over a dozen chinese or is it japanese?
spams everyday (most go directly to the junk folder but sometimes they land on my inbox.

the lotto winners scams are second to them.

and don't forget the Mr. or Ms. Ithinkyourdumb asking for help.
pretty pathetic.

spams are not fun and no matter how much I do to block them I still get tons of them.
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April 29, 2010 11:39:41 PM

re:D rwho1
I get nearly every day over a dozen chinese or is it japanese?

I guess you must be chinese or else how the hell they got your email inorder to spambomb you. I dont see any chance that the chinese spam could attack the america server like you said dozen a day. you must be Ms.Ithinkyouareadumbliar.com
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April 29, 2010 11:55:42 PM

Spanky DeluxeI never knew Ireland was the lead exporter of spam {spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spamty spam oh spamty spam}.


Well, I do write for a US website for a company based in the USA.

And update: Irish Jane no longer lives in Ireland! :o 
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April 30, 2010 12:03:28 AM

JMcEntegartWell, I do write for a US website for a company based in the USA. I did move to Canada last week too! But while it's in North America, I'm fairly certain it's not America.

So that's why I haven't seen as many articles from you lately! Do you like it there?
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April 30, 2010 12:07:02 AM

I would like to meet one of these guys in the US and smack'em. Thank you career builder for all the spam in the world. I signed up for that and they sell your email address to all the internet clowns.
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April 30, 2010 12:09:45 AM

ravewulfSo that's why I havn't seen as many articles from you lately! Do you like it there?


I was on holiday for most of last week and part of the week before but I'm back now. :) 

North America has Lucky Charms and Wal-Mart; what's not to love?
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April 30, 2010 12:17:46 AM

I live in the USA and I almost never get spam. I just use windows live microsoft outlook express. doesn't even go to junk folder, I just don't get any (except the occasional Nigerian scam, which is inevitable).
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April 30, 2010 12:17:59 AM

Most of my Nigerian scams come from the same dude, "Awo Obiaya", or something like that, and are about giving him money for his wife's liver transplant so he can give me 7 million dollars. It's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, and he keeps sending it to me. terrible english, too.
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April 30, 2010 12:27:02 AM

Bruceification73Most of my Nigerian scams come from the same dude, "Awo Obiaya", or something like that, and are about giving him money for his wife's liver transplant so he can give me 7 million dollars. It's the stupidest thing I've ever seen, and he keeps sending it to me. terrible english, too.


Some Nigerian guy wanted to rent me a 4 bedroom apartment in the middle of Dublin City Centre for €100 a week. Apparently he needed the original copy birth certificate to do that.
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April 30, 2010 12:52:21 AM

Maybe I just don't get around enough, but I've never had any spam problems, even on my second email address for memberships and such. (unless you consider college email spam and they offer the option of canceling)
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April 30, 2010 1:08:30 AM

I always know that spam is made in the USA.
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April 30, 2010 1:55:02 AM

The prince of the USA has requested personal information for your $1 Million in cash!
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April 30, 2010 1:58:45 AM

JMcEntegartI was on holiday for most of last week and part of the week before but I'm back now. North America has Lucky Charms and Wal-Mart; what's not to love?


I'd written something I thought was pretty great in response...and was rather sad during my routine fact double-check that you'd actually not moved to the US and it no longer made sense.

...Something along the lines of being closer to the creepy nerds who hit on you in the comments, and a reference to this video. ...oh well



banHammer.offTopic.deactivate("YAY AMERICAN SPAM!");
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April 30, 2010 2:03:56 AM

hey it yanked my video...oh well. go find Jackie Chan meeting Chris Rock in Rush Hour.
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April 30, 2010 2:26:54 AM

nekatrevenI'd written something I thought was pretty great in response...and was rather sad during my routine fact double-check that you'd actually not moved to the US and it no longer made sense....Something along the lines of being closer to the creepy nerds who hit on you in the comments, and a reference to this video. ...oh wellbanHammer.offTopic.deactivate("YAY AMERICAN SPAM!");


Fact double-check? I've got a serious case of jetlag that suggests I did indeed move halfway across the world last week!
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April 30, 2010 2:44:05 AM

We have a lot of spam, and we're also the fattest in the world...coincidence?
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April 30, 2010 2:47:39 AM

JMcEntegartFact double-check? I've got a serious case of jetlag that suggests I did indeed move halfway across the world last week!


Yea...folks on here are ruthless! I almost always go back and double check whatever I've said before posting so I don't get roasted (as much). (for example in this case it would have been: "She moved to Canada you idiot")
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April 30, 2010 2:59:06 AM

This isn't very surprising to me, I get spam all the time.
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April 30, 2010 3:23:40 AM

Woot! Go italy!
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April 30, 2010 3:38:32 AM

you can't have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam...
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April 30, 2010 5:01:57 AM

Something tells me the way these numbers where gotten was by checking to see where the email address originated from such as your Hotmail account or Gmail account or what have you. So yes if that's the way they got there numbers i can see that with so many people in the united states using email and computers its not surprising since all it takes is 1 maybe 2 clicks to get your email address stolen then mass spam can be sent from it. Kinda like PC vs Mac with security flaws Mac has fewer security flaws (Found) cause of few users. Will most other countries have fewer PC users so you get the point.
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April 30, 2010 6:00:18 AM

aoenateMost spam i actually receive seems to be in broken English - makes me think it's originating out of the country.

It makes me think there's a lot of stupid people out there.
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April 30, 2010 8:54:39 AM

Proud to be an Indian ;) 
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April 30, 2010 12:22:02 PM

Spanky DeluxeI never knew Ireland was the lead exporter of spam {spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spamty spam oh spamty spam}.


Hail Monty Python! :D 
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April 30, 2010 12:39:12 PM

It will continue as long as spamming is treated as a game. Convicted spammers need to see "GAME OVER!" flashed up in lights, accompanied by a fail horn, just before receiving a large caliber round to the back of the head.
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April 30, 2010 3:43:05 PM

Whew, China has cleaned up their spam.

Now if they can just get hacking, piracy, and general scamming under control... meh, China will always be number 1 on my baddie list.
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April 30, 2010 11:12:24 PM

Dirtman73 said:
We have a lot of spam, and we're also the fattest in the world...coincidence?


We're not the fattest in the world, American Samoa is. We are number 3, almost tied with Germany for fourth, so get your facts straight.
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May 1, 2010 5:06:19 PM

Do the stats really identify the country or origin?
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