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Re: The Geography of Spam

  • From: Michael Airhart
  • Date: Tue Mar 02 15:58:46 2004

Somehow it seems like when you take into account the number of PCs on high speed connections, these numbers make a lot of sense. The US has a large population of these PCs so yeah, duh, the US leads in compromised hosts.

IMO, what would be a really useful "report" or "study" is to expose the companies that are actually making money from "spam" advertising. If it didn't work, these companies would hire firms to spam. Follow the money. Where does it go? How can legal avenues be used to make spam as expensive direct mail or telemarketing? (lawsuits, criminal prosecution, ?)


(speaking only for myself, ignore my @domain)

anti-virus firm Sophos. The study concludes that most of the unsolicited
junk e-mails originate in Russia and then passes through hacked computers
in the U.S. "More than 30% of the world's spam is sent from these
compromised computers, underlining the need for a coordinated approach to
spam and viruses," said Charles Cousins, Sophos' Asia managing director .
The U.S. accounts for a whopping 56% of the global spam pie, followed by
Canada with 6.8%. Europe did not fair very well in the report either, with
the Netherlands (5th), Germany (7th), France (8th), the U.K. (9th) and
Spain (12th) all making the list.

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