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The US is currently the top spam sending nation in the world - but for how much longer?

Although the US is currently the top spam sending country in the world, it is losing ground to China.  A report from security firm Sophos claims that Asia now leads the world in helping to relay spam, with China at the front lines.  Because of progressive anti-spam measures in the United States, spammers are forced to shut down and move operations to other countries.  Just two years ago, the US was responsible for more than half of all spam sent in the entire world.  Eventually, China will overtake the US as the number one spamming nation. While the numbers in the US decrease, spam from nations like Poland, Germany and Spain are beginning to pick up the slack.

The majority of spam sent every day is sent via zombie computers -- infected computers that are often unknowingly under the control of spammers and/or hackers.  The United States (23.1%), China (21.9%), South Korea (9.8%), France (4.3%), and Poland (3.8%) make up the top five spam nations.

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Great Wall meets digital age
By mindless1 on 4/24/2006 4:07:51 AM , Rating: 2
Now we shall build the great wall of China to keep them in, unless they can manage to police this better.

RE: Great Wall meets digital age
By nomagic on 4/24/2006 5:42:22 AM , Rating: 2
How can we as Americans lose the spam race to the Chinese? Remember that it is the Americans who invented the internet...

RE: Great Wall meets digital age
By lexmark on 4/24/2006 7:46:02 AM , Rating: 2
Al Gore that is, to be exact ;-)

China could easily block it
By PrinceGaz on 4/24/2006 9:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
The chinese government could easily filter almost all spam if they wanted to, just by adding it to the list of things "the great firewall of China" blocks. They already have the most advanced filtering software (and manpower) in place already to block unwanted material so it wouldn't be too much trouble to add spam to the list. I suppose the problem is that most spam isn't politically sensitive so the authorities aren't bothered about it.

RE: China could easily block it
By Trisped on 4/24/2006 1:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
China isn't all about blocking political. They also block everything that is bad for their people, like porn. I am sure they are more then willing to stop spam from harassing their citizens. They may not care though if it is bothering other people though.

Also, if you read the post it says that most of the spam is sent by hacked computers. I would expect that they would also try to block that.

I can hardly wait !!!
By codeThug on 4/24/2006 10:41:46 AM , Rating: 3
Chinese home mortgages and Chinese dick enhancement products... We'll be livin' large.

By CZroe on 4/24/2006 8:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
90% of the SPAM I have received in the last decade is Chinese and Russian in origin. If the US ever took the lead, it was only recently and certainly not in my 100% unfiltered 6-year old inbox (about 3,000 messages a month, only 3 or four legitimate emails, usually eBay-related.). One of my sorting techniques is to search for Chinese characeters and delete all, search the headers for "BIG5" and other Chinese character sets and delete all (It's not like I can read any of it!), sort my name and address and delete all the huge amounts of messages between Roman characters. ALL SPAM filters have deleted legitimate emails, even those created by humans editing databases. In my situation that makes it even more of a needle in a haystack to find it in my trash folders. I think all I can do is increase my eBay and communication activity so a higher percentage will be "my" mail and I will then check and delete SPAM more often.

If only every deletion I did was added to a user database... I could probably eliminate 50% of the world's SPAM. I've tried taking place in those user-created P2P SPAM filters only to see things get deleted that shouldn't be ANYWAY... like PayPal receipts specific to only ME. How could someone incorrectly flag MY PayPal receipt as SPAM when they never received one?! (FWIW, all additional SPAM filtering including trained and heuristic were turned off)

In communist china spam owns you.
By joey420 on 4/24/06, Rating: 0
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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