We all know about spam—clogging up our inboxes with ads for Viagra and too-good-to-be-true offers from renegade African diplomats. But who is actually responsible for sending it?
It might surprise many to learn that the number one source of spam is not Nigeria, or China, but the United States, according to a new report.
The study by IT security and control firm Sophos lists the dirty dozen top spam-relaying nations and claims the United States is responsible for 13 percent of the global total, adding up to hundreds of millions of junk messages. India (7.3 percent), Brazil (6.8 percent), South Korea (4.8 percent) and Vietnam (3.4 percent) make up the top five. China—often blamed for cybercrime by other countries—comes in at 15th place.
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