The US is still the spam capital of the planet, according to a new study. However, using a different set of metrics, it is being outperformed by the like of Belarus, Peru and Iran. In other words, developing countries are punching above their weight and out-polluting America in the online anti-social behaviour markets. On the other hand, the economic powerhouse of the West is ahead on sheer volume in the race to be the number one conduit of commercialised electronic junk. But, say the experts who produced this report, it’s the developing economies that could be hardest hit by the rise of spam.
America is the biggest spam source in the world, according to The Spampionship, a new league table of the 12 biggest spam-producing nations compiled by security vendor Sophos. China is fast emerging as a major source of unwanted email and Russia is in at number three after doubling its share of the spam market. To paraphrase music chart compilers, America has held onto the number one spot but China is in at number two with a bullet. (Or should that be a botnet?)
The Spampionship is not intended to be a roll call of shame, according to Sophos’s head of technology, Paul Ducklin. He claims that the table is meant to be a thought provoking study rather than a finger-pointing exercise.
“We want people to think about security and the consequences of spam,” says Ducklin. “People tend to think it’s harmless, but it’s damaging of lot of economies.”