Russia is new spam superpower as Asia and Europe overtake N. America

Sophos has published its latest report on the top 12 spam-relaying countries over the final quarter of 2007, with Russia dramatically emerging as a potent force

The IT security firm's SophosLabs scanned all spam messages received in the company's global network of spam traps, revealing a marked rise in the proportion of the world's spam messages being sent from compromised Russian computers.

The country has stormed into second place, accounting for 8.3 per cent of the world's spam ̵1; that's one in every 12 junk mails sent to inboxes. Russia's rise is reflected in Sophos's research into which continents make the greatest contribution to the spam problem, with Asia and Europe overtaking North America.

Between October to December 2007, the US relayed far more spam than any other country - testament to the sheer number of computers in the country that have been taken over by remote hackers. Representing the majority share of total spam traffic, the US's 21 per cent slice means that more than one in five of all the world's spam emails was being sent through compromised American computers.

The top 12 spam-relaying countries October to December 2007:

1. United States, 21.3 per cent
2. Russia, 8.3 per cent
3. China (inc. Hong Kong), 4.2 per cent
4. Brazil, 4.0 per cent
5. South Korea, 3.9 per cent
6. Turkey, 3.8 per cent
7. Italy, 3.5 per cent
8. Poland, 3.4 per cent
9. Germany, 3.2 per cent
10.= Spain, 3.1 per cent
10.= Mexico, 3.1 per cent
12. United Kingdom, 2.5 per cent
(Other, 35.7 per cent)

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Image: There has been a marked rise in the proportion of the world's spam messages being sent from compromised Russian computers

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