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Sophos Outs 'Dirty Dozen' Spam Producing Countries

  • 27 February, 2004 11:30

<p>Anti-spam specialist maps the spam world; Australia ranks tenth on list</p>
Sydney, 27 February 2004.</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has published a report into the countries from which spam messages originate. Researchers scanned all spam messages received over two days last week and have revealed a 'dirty dozen' of offending countries with the United States topping the chart.</p>
<p>The 'dirty dozen' are as follows:</p>
<p>1. United States 56.74%</p>
<p>2. Canada 6.80%</p>
<p>3. China (&amp; Hong Kong) 6.24%</p>
<p>4. South Korea 5.77%</p>
<p>5. Netherlands 2.13%</p>
<p>6. Brazil 2.00%</p>
<p>7. Germany 1.83%</p>
<p>8. France 1.50%</p>
<p>9. United Kingdom 1.31%</p>
<p>10. Australia 1.21%</p>
<p>11. Mexico 1.19%</p>
<p>12. Spain 1.05%</p>
<p>Others 12.23%</p>
<p>Sophos's findings are based upon an analysis of hundreds of thousands of emails examined by Sophos spam researchers using honeypots and other measuring systems around the world.</p>
<p>"The United States is far and away the worst offender, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the world's spam," said Rob Forsyth, managing director, Sophos Australia and New Zealand. "Spam is a global problem and countries worldwide are starting to take the issue more seriously.</p>
<p>"Though Sophos firmly supports the Spam Act legislation being introduced on April 10, it won't protect Australian users from spam coming from North America or China."</p>
<p>Sophos research has revealed that although a large amount of spam is being sent from USA computers, much is being sent without the computer owner's knowledge.</p>
<p>"Our intelligence suggests that a large amount of spam originates in Russia, even though it appears at only number 28 in the chart. Hackers appear to be breaking into computers in other countries and sending out spam via 'infected' PCs," continued Forsyth. "Some Trojan horses and worms allow spammers to take over third-party computers belonging to innocent parties and use them for sending spam. More than 30 percent of the world's spam is sent from these compromised computers, underlining the need for a co-ordinated approach to spam and viruses."</p>
<p>Sophos advises home users, particularly those with broadband connections to the internet, to ensure their computers are not unwittingly being used by spammers.</p>
<p>Notes for Editors.</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
Rob Forsyth ( is available for comment:
+61 417 234 176
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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