Sophos’ List Of Twelve Spam Relaying Countries Is Out

The IT security and control firm Sophos, has issued its most recent document on the dozen leading spam spreading nations in the Q1 (first quarter) of 2007, as printed by Cnw on April 11, 2007.

This recent report by Sophos discovered USA to have conveyed much more spam compared to other countries, comprising 19.8% of global spam.

China was second with 7.5%. Till a year back, machines in China were transmitting 21.1 percent of the total spams, however that figure has gradually declined in the last one year, tallying barely 7.5 percent in Q1 of 2007, Sophos stated, as per InfoWorld's report in April 11, 2007 issue.

In the opening week of 2007, for instance, China totaled just 1.7 percent of spams, a remarkably sharp dip, opined Carole Theriault, Sophos' senior security consultant. "We witnessed a huge fall in China at the start of this period," she declared. "It's just as though several ISPs were disconnected," as printed in Infoworld's 11th April 2007 copy.

Sophos observes the sudden dominance of Poland within this group of frauds - currently Poland ranks third - plus the debut of India in this list. Britain, which ranked 10th in Q1 2006, has been removed from this group to occupy the 13th position, comprising 2.2% of total spam communicated.

As per Sophos, the total bulk of spam grew around 4.2% in Q1 2007, as opposed to the similar phase in 2006, according to Cnw's 11th April, 2007 edition.

There's a bright side to the problem of spam looming over the U.S., as per Ron O'Brien Sophos' senior security expert.

"Even though USA maintains its sway over the dirty dozen, it has slashed its number over the last one year. It's possible that the U.S. customers are getting more judicious and fortifying their machines more soundly," reported Ron in Internetcommunications.tmcnet's April 11, 2007 issue.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of the U.S. debarred the trading of 35 firms that were the main focus of the fraudulent pump-and-dump schemes. This was done primarily to stymie the exploits of the spammers' and safeguard the investors in the recent past.

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