Pitcairn Island, the final South Sea island refuge of the Bounty mutineers, relays more spam per capita than any other nation. But with an estimated population of 48, perhaps it’s not that surprising.Small localities including Tokelau, The Faroe Islands, and The Falkland Islands also witnessed a disproportionate amount of junk mail activity in the final quarter of 2007, according to a chart from net security firm Sophos.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/11/global_spam_trends/Pitcairn Islands is top rogue nation for relaying spam
The tiny British overseas territory of the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific Ocean relays the most spam per person in the world.But with a population of only about 50, it shouldn’t be too difficult to trace the source of the problem.
www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2008/03/11/229802/pitcairn-islands-is-top-rogue-nation-for-relaying-spam.htmSpam Takes a Vacation
South sea islands account for more spam per capita than anyplace else in the worldIf you’re thinking of heading to a quiet Pacific island in order to escape spam, forget about it. Some of those islands are worse junk email offenders than the U.S., China, or Russia.According to a report issued yesterday by security researcher Sophos, some of the Pacific islands relay more spam per capita than any of their larger neighbors across the globe.
http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=148157Pitcairn Islands relays most spam per person, reveals Sophos Top three spam-relaying countries take a back seat when spam volume per capita is measuredIT security and control firm Sophos has revealed the top ten countries relaying the most spam per capita. The top three spam-relaying countries – the United States, Russia and China – which accounted for 33.8 percent of all spam in Q4 2007, are notably absent from the chart.The following shows the top ten countries based on spam emitted per capita:1. The Pitcairn Islands
5. The Faroe Islands
8. Falkland Islands
10. ArubaWhen the top three spam-relaying countries are considered in terms of population, the United States is in 64th position, Russia in 45th, and China plummets to 132nd.”Between October-December 2007, the US relayed far more spam than any other country due to the sheer number of computers in the country that had been taken over by remote hackers,” said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. “But when measuring spam emitted per capita, the results are very different. Most of the countries in this chart have very small populations compared to the usual offenders, but their totals are sky high when it comes to spam emitted on a per-person basis. Just because your PC is located on a remote island in the South Pacific doesn’t mean it’s not contributing to the global spam problem. All computer users, wherever they are in the world, need to wake up to the threats and ensure their PCs are properly protected.”The changing positions of other top spam-relaying countries when looking at them from a spam-per-person perspective are as follows:
- The United Kingdom drops from 9th to 50th
- Canada drops from 26th to 89th
- Japan drops from 32nd to 136th
- Australia drops from 33rd to 85th
Recently, Sophos published its annual Security Threat Report, which discussed the ways in which financially-motivated cybercriminals use compromised computers to relay their spam messages around the world.
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