Guess what folks, which is the top spam-relaying country? It’s the United States of America! USA takes the crown and is closely followed by Belarus. Reports confirm that the top twelve spam-relaying countries called the Dirty Dozen have been disclosed by Sophus , the security firm.
Sophus security firm
Sophus, a security firm has put forth its list called the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen comprises of the top twelve countries that relay spam. In the list of the countries that are responsible for relaying most of the spam, US strongly maintains its grip as the leader, and Belarus has stepped in to bag the number two place.
US leads the pack
The US may have bagged this top most place because of its whopping population of nearly 300 million people who are actively obsessed by the internet connectivity. The major share of the global internet connectivity is shown by the United States of America state the experts.
Dirty Dozen list
The list is prepared and covers the second quarter of 2013. France, Peru and South Korea have exited from the spam relaying list and there are some new entries that have marched into the Dirty Dozen. They are Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Argentina, confirms the report. The list of the Dirty Dozen makes evident how the crooks relay the spams to their potential victims.
Don’t be surprised if we tell you that China and India has bagged a strong place in the Dirty Dozen list. The reason for their inclusion may be the same as US as these two countries also have vast populations who have shown an increased demand for the access to internet connectivity.
This report of Dirty Dozen does indicate that the computers of these countries are delivering spam on a regular basis though it gives no idea where the spammers are based. The trend shows that the overtly malicious and wicked spam content is never sent directly.
This kind of spiteful spam content generally asks the recipients to enter their personal passwords into false sites that are basically mock ups of the real sites. Common malevolent spams have been noticed by people as they log onto mockups of banks and other financial institutions.
Precautions to avoid spam
Paul Ducklin, the Sophos security evangelist states “Even if you’re the most law-abiding citizen of the most law-abiding country in the world, you might be helping to project your own country into the Dirty Dozen if you don’t take security seriously on your own computer. It may sound corny, but security really does begin at home.”
Professing the use of certain “must take” precautions he was heard affirming that people need to go for “timely security patching, an up-to-date anti-virus and a healthy skepticism about unwanted attachments and ‘too-good-to-be-true’ offers. By taking these steps, you’ll not only protect yourself, but also help to protect everyone else at the same time,” said Ducklin.
The Dirty Dozen list is made up of USA, Belarus, China, Ukraine,Taiwan, India, Spain,Kazakhstan, Argentina, Italy, Russia and Germany.