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Korea Ranks No. 3 Spam-Relaying Post

One in 10 spam e-mails worldwide came from South Korea in the first quarter of this year, according to a security software outfit that tracks unsolicited mail. Sophos, which is based in the United Kingdom but has subsidiaries worldwide, recently announced 9.8 percent of junk messages sent over the first three months of this year came from Korea to earn the country the unenviable third-worst spot. The United States retained the top spot at 23.1 percent closely followed by China, which is fast catching up to the leader on 21.9 percent. Local experts said the reason why Korea dwells in the upper reaches of the ``Dirty Dozen’’ standings (12 top spam-relaying nations were revealed) is its state-of-the-art infrastructure for high-speed Internet. Indeed, Korea boasts the world’s best penetration rate for broadband connection with about four in five homes hooked up to the Internet. By continent, Asia has the top spot at 42.8 percent, ahead of North America and Europe at 25.6 percent and 25 percent.

» Korea Times - Kim Tae-gyu - 02-06-2006

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