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USA is the Top Spamming Country in the World

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Spam sucks and no matter what kind of filters we set up or how sensitive our junk settings are, spam will find a way to worm into our inboxes. So which country is responsible for the most spam? Oh, that'd be us.

In a recent study by IT security firm, Sophos, it emerged that America is responsible for 13.1 percent of spam. India came in second, accounting for 7.3 percent and Brazil took the bronze with 6.8 percent.

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.

"All eyes aren’t so much on which countries are on the list, but the one which isn’t," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "China has earned itself a bad reputation in many countries’ eyes for being the launch pad of targeted attacks against foreign companies and government networks, but at least in the last 12 months they have demonstrated that the proportion of spam relayed by their computers has steadily declined."

The top 12 countries for spam are listed below.

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    maestintaolius , April 29, 2010 10:34 PM
    BOOYA!!! Take that rest of the world! America is number 1!!! I always knew we were the best!
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    RazberyBandit , April 29, 2010 11:01 PM
    I guess the Chinese have finally finished setting up all their US proxies. :D 
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    Spanky Deluxe , April 29, 2010 10:31 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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    house70 , April 29, 2010 10:33 PM
    Hope this will be followed by less finger-pointing from our part...
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    maestintaolius , April 29, 2010 10:34 PM
    BOOYA!!! Take that rest of the world! America is number 1!!! I always knew we were the best!
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    aoenate , April 29, 2010 10:37 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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    nforce4max , April 29, 2010 10:39 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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    intelliclint , April 29, 2010 10:43 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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    Anonymous , April 29, 2010 10:50 PM
    nigeria is hustle
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    RazberyBandit , April 29, 2010 11:01 PM
    I guess the Chinese have finally finished setting up all their US proxies. :D 
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    knowom , April 29, 2010 11:02 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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    dogofwars , April 29, 2010 11:03 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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    Ehsan w , April 29, 2010 11:04 PM
    Can't read it because I CANT zoom in using the iPhone/ipodtouch app.....
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    skit75 , April 29, 2010 11:20 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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    Bruceification73 , April 29, 2010 11:23 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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    Bruceification73 , April 29, 2010 11:28 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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    drwho1 , April 29, 2010 11:30 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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    kennyforgames , April 29, 2010 11:39 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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    JMcEntegart , April 29, 2010 11:55 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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    ravewulf , April 30, 2010 12:03 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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    xophaser , April 30, 2010 12:07 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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