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Euro-American Region Dominate in Producing Spam

Europe today leapfrogs U.S. in relaying spam, comments a report by security vendor Sophos. However, U.S. continues to be the biggest country to distribute spam making it the most dominant region for generating and relaying unsolicited e-mails. But this may be just the beginning of the situation, as spamming operations tend to get more global.

While United States leads the spam charts, the results in the report highlight the immediate need to join hands at global level to fight this escalating problem, said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. Vnunet reported this on July 18, 2007.

The report presents a list of the 12 highest spam-distributing countries around the world. According to it, the worldwide spam volume grew by approximately 9% during the second quarter of 2007 over the same period in 2006.

An assessment of the global spam mails showed that U.S. still puts in 19.6% of total worldwide spam, a decline of only 0.2% from the first quarter of 2007. However, there are six entries from Europe in the list of top 12, which together produces more spam compared to U.S. The dirty zone, as Sophos' has named the top 12, was responsible for 65% of total spam in Q2 2007.

The report outlines United States, China, South Korea, Poland, Germany, Brazil, France, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Italy and India as the 12 most spam relaying nations in Q2 2007 according to their positions.

Of the total 9% global spam in Q2 2007 compared to Q2 2006, U.K. relayed 2.8%, making the country the tenth worst spam-generating nation.

It is now time to pursue and bring justice to spammers in a consolidate manner as well as inculcate among computer users the need to block spam instead of responding to them, says Brett Myroff, CEO of Sophos distributor, Netxactics. Mybroadband reported this on July 18, 2007.

Sophos believes the increasing amount of computers all over Europe and U.S., together with the growing number of ISPs providing low-cost access, are the reasons behind the strong presence of U.S. and Europe in association of spam generators.

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