News
News
2/26/2004
03:22 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Study Says U.S. Is Biggest Source Of Spam

Sophos says two days of tracking spam worldwide showed well over half originated in the United States.

The latest evidence of the ineffectiveness of the Can-Spam Act comes from anti-spam and -virus firm Sophos Inc., which has found that the United States heads the list of countries from which spam originates--by a lot. Sophos tracked spam worldwide for two days last week and says the volume of spam originating in the United States is more than eight times greater than the next country on the list, Canada.

The rankings looked like this:

  • United States, 56.74%
  • Canada, 6.80%
  • China (including Hong Kong), 6.24%
  • South Korea, 5.77%
  • Netherlands, 2.13%
  • Brazil, 2.00%
  • Germany, 1.83%
  • France, 1.50%
  • United Kingdom, 1.31%
  • Australia, 1.21%
  • Mexico, 1.19%
  • Spain, 1.05%
  • Others, 12.23%

However, Sophos admits the numbers can be deceiving. The firm's research also has revealed that more than 30% of spam is sent by spammers who use Trojan horses and worms to take over computers and use them as spam engines, a practice that likely accounts for much of the spam originating in the United States. Sophos says the technique is especially popular among spammers in Russia, which ranked 28th in the research done last week but would have placed much higher if all the spam sent via compromised computers could be traced to spammers there.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Government Oct. 20, 2014
Energy and weather agencies are busting long-held barriers to analyzing big data. Can the feds now get other government agencies into the movement?
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on InformationWeek.com
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.