50% of Spam comes from Asia

Where does all the spam come from?  Well, almost half (49.7%) of it originates somewhere in Asia, with India leading the pack at 11.4%.  This does not mean that Indians or other Asians are the “perpetrators.”  What this means is that computer users in Asian have become unwitting accomplices after having their poorly secured or unsecured computers hacked and added to some cyber-criminal’s botnet.

Here are the top 10 Spam relaying countries in the world for April to June 2012.  They account for more than half of the world’s spam traffic.  Don’t get too cocky, the good old USA is number 4 at 6.2%.

1. India 11.4%
2. Italy 7.0%
3. South Korea 6.7%
4. United States 6.2%
5. Vietnam 5.8%
6. Brazil 4.4%
7. Pakistan 3.7%
8. China 3.2%
9. France 3.1%
10. Russia 2.9%
  TOTAL 54.4%

And here is another view, sorted by continent.

1. Asia 49.7%
2. Europe 26.4%
3. South America 11.2%
4. North America 8.6%
5. Africa 3.6%
6. Australia 0.5%
7. Antarctica 0.0% (go figure)

Not really a dang thing you can do about this, it is just a bit of interesting trivia that you can use to astound your family and friends at the next barbeque.  They’ll think you’ve become a nerd. Maybe, just maybe, you do have a little bit computer nerd going on! 


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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