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Europe becomes top producer of email spam, overtaking Asia

16 июля 2010

Europe has overtaken Asia as the biggest source of email spam worldwide, with the U.K. a major culprit, a Sophos' report said Thursday.

Europe produced over a third of the world's total junk emails in the second quarter of 2010, slightly more than Asia, information technology security firm Sophos said. Asia had been ahead of Europe in the first quarter.

In terms of countries, it singled out the U.K. as a major contributor to the rise in Europe's output.

"The U.K....saw a significant rise in the proportion of spam it relayed. With a total output of 4.6% of the world's spam, this puts the U.K. in fourth place overall compared with ninth earlier this year," the report said.

A steady increase in spam generation from France, Italy and Poland were also contributing factors leading to Europe's rise, it said.

Asian countries' rankings in the "hall of shame" generally fell, with both Vietnam and China dropping five places to 10th and 20th, respectively.

The U.S. remained the world's single biggest generator of junk emails, accounting for 15.2% of total spam sent in the second quarter, up from 13.1% in the previous three months.

India came in second with 7.7% and Brazil took third place with 5.5%.

South Korea, with 4.2%, is the world's fifth largest source of spam, followed by France (4.1%), Germany (4%), Italy (3.5%) and Russia (2.8%).

Sophos also said spam emails constituted 97% of all emails received by business email servers,"putting a strain on network resources and wasting a huge amount of time to lost productivity."

"It's an uphill struggle educating users about the dangers of clicking on links or attachments in spam mails, and that their computers may already be under the control of cybercriminals," said Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley.

"Spam will continue to be a global problem for as long as it makes money for the spammers. It makes commercial sense for the criminals to continue if even a tiny proportion of recipients clicks on the links."

Источник: Total Telecom

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