A Sophos report shows the majority of spam produced globally comes from the US. China is not even in the top 15.
In terms of spam, the US is rising and China is on the decline. Those results come from a new report into the top spam-relaying countries worldwide, released by antivirus vendor Sophos.
The majority of spam – accounting for more than 13% of spam produced globally – comes from the US, followed by India (7.3%), Brazil (6.8%), South Korea (4.8%), Vietnam (3.4%) and Germany (3.2%). Other countries in the top 15 include France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, in a statement said, "All eyes aren’t so much on which countries are on the list, but the one which isn’t. China, of course, was in the news earlier this year after Google reported that it had discovered ‘a highly sophisticated and targeted attack’ against its servers, which the company traced back to IP addresses in China.
The fact that an IP address is a moveable feast was never mentioned. Google was in its "China is the villain for all season and all reason" mode of thought.
Information Week.com reports that the Sophos results square with a recent report from Symantec, which estimated that 24% of all spam worldwide originated from the US. The rest of their "top five" producers, in order, were Brazil, the Netherlands, India, and Germany.