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+ - U.S. tops list of spam-relaying countries->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg writes: The United States is the top spam-belching nation in the entire world — by far.

That's according to the Sophos "Dirty Dozen" report issued Thursday about the top spam-producing and relaying countries around the globe from July to September of this year. According to Sophos, the U.S. produces about one in five of all the junk mail polluting global networks. (Industry estimates are that over 90% of all e-mail is spam.)

So why does America lead in the spam race? Obvious reasons for this are that it has developed bandwidth, lots of computers that cyber-criminals (from all around the world) like to exploit to turn them into botnet-control relay points, and we have a lot of suckers, as circus kingpin P.T. Barnum used to put it, born every minute who can be fooled into doing almost anything. That would include opening attachments from anybody and anything, and ordering illegal (and potentially lethal) counterfeit pharmaceuticals right off a spam message, apparently pretty fine with a box of pills that arrives from China or elsewhere far away.

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