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USA is the Top Spamming Country in the World

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.

  • Spanky Deluxe
    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
    Hope this will be followed by less finger-pointing from our part...
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  • maestintaolius
    BOOYA!!! Take that rest of the world! America is number 1!!! I always knew we were the best!
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  • aoenate
    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
    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
    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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  • knowom
    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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  • nigeria is hustle
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  • RazberyBandit
    I guess the Chinese have finally finished setting up all their US proxies. :D
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  • 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.
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