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Sophos says that USA is the Spammiest Nation of the World

Sophos recently published a report stating that US is once again the leading spammiest nation of the world in 2013.

The US generated 14.5% of total volume of spam in the last quarter of 2013, making it one of the top nations for spams in 2013. The difference between the first nation and second nation reduced as China jumped from 4.6% to 8.2% and re-gained its position as a major player in sending spam. The above was followed by Russia which registered an increase from 3.0% in Q3 to 5.5% in Q4 in the total spam contribution.

SophosLabs compiled the results of Dirty Dozen in order to point out the nations sending the maximum volumes of spam during the last three months of 2013.

Cso.com.au published a report on 5th February, 2014 quoting Paul Ducklin, Sophos Senior Security Analyst, as saying "Zombified computers spewing spam has become a global problem according to the message of Dirty Dozen and has been spreading throughout the world, except for Africa."

Ducklin said that spammers don't send spam themselves but they use botnets or "zombie armies" of infected computers and send their spam without the knowledge of users of infected machines.

Spam is being regarded as an indicator of malware infection spreading all across the world. According to Ducklin, the Dirty Dozen popped up in the list since most of the residents are conducting business online by making use of computers which are actively infected by remote-control malware. While the spam aspect is just a symptom and is the beginning of the problem, a Zombie malware indicates that crooks are already present inside which may be turfed out.

According to Spampionship League tables, countries are not actively involved in sending illegal spam. These nations have been actually designed to create awareness about how many computers have potentially been infected with spam-relaying malware.

He adds "the countries feel satisfied or complacent if their respective nation is not Dirty Dozen. But don't do that because if you are a spam sender, whether Dirty Dozen or not, even then you have a role in contribution to cybercrime."

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