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US tops list of dozen spam relaying countries in Q2

US has topped the list of twelve spam relaying countries during second quarter of 2013 being responsible for 13.8% of the total spams sent, according to latest report from Sophos, "Spam Relaying" Dirty Dozen countries.

According to the report, Belarus jumped to the second position being responsible for 11.7% of the spams, from the earlier fourth position with 4.2% spam generated from the country.

Dirty Dozen

Three new countries including the Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Argentina joined the list of top twelve countries that generated most spam during the period, while France, Peru and South Korea exited out of the list who were there in the list of top spammers.

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During the period from April to June, half of the volume-based countries like Luxembourg and Singapore have found in the list of top spamming countries.

According to the security firm most spam is sent indirectly these days if they are overtly malevolent, such as, Phishing emails, Malware links, Malware deliveries, Identity theft, Investment scams, Advance fee fraud.

Sophos security evangelist Paul Ducklin said that the Dirty Dozen doesn’t tell from where the spam originates.

"It tells us how spam gets relayed from the crooks to their potential victims. Even if you’re the most law-abiding citizen of the most law-abiding country in the world, you might be helping to project your own country into the Dirty Dozen if you don’t take security seriously on your own computer," Ducklin said.

"It may sound corny, but security really does begin at home."
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