Uncle Sam still loves its spam

The US still heads the ‘dirty dozen’ for sending spam, but China and Europe are fattening up fast, according to antivirus vendor Sophos.

The US still heads the ‘dirty dozen’ for sending spam, but China and Europe are fattening up fast, according to antivirus vendor Sophos.

Nigh on a quarter of spam between January and March came from US servers – a vast improvement on this time last year, when the country produced almost half the world’s spam. China clinched the number two spot by relaying 22% of the world’s spam. UK spammers created just 2% of the world’s spam output, although last year it didn’t make the worst offender list at all.

The US has worked hard to bring spammers to justice and educate home users, but to truly make spam a museum-piece will take international co-operation believes Sophos.

"A combination of technology, legal action, user education and international co-operation is needed to truly make spam a thing of the past," says Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley.

Earlier this month, Australia successfully prosecuted its first spammer, who had sent more than 56 million messages.

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