Russia: Spam Super-power

In the race to see which country is mightiest, Russia has rapidly muscled its way into the number two spot behind the US in terms of the amount of spam it sends. Here are the rankings:

Top Spam Producing Countries
Country Percent of Spam Sent
US 21
Russia 8.3
China 4.2
Brazil 4.0
South Korea 3.9
Turkey 3.8
Italy 3.5
Poland 3.4
Germany 3.2
Spain 3.1
Mexico 3.1
Britain 2.5

If you thought the US was the runaway leader in tech, you would be right. As you can see from this chart, Russia is really coming on strong and this rate of growth will soon be in double-digits.

Here is an excerpt from an article on the matter:

"Countries that continually remain among the top spam-relaying countries need to ensure that they are doing more to proper defend computer systems," said Mike Haro, senior security analyst at Sophos.

"If they continue to sit back as compromised computers spread malicious emails and malware, then hackers will continue to look at these systems as easy targets in their efforts to turn them into botnets," which can be controlled by hackers.

In one of the latest efforts to bypass spam filters, Sophos said cybercriminals sent out their messages with supposed music files from stars such as Elvis Presley, Fergie and Carrie Underwood attached to the messages.

The files actually contained a monotone voice encouraging

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