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American Zombies Blamed for Bulk of Spam


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Posted 29 December 2004 - 05:04 AM

American Zombies Blamed for Bulk of Spam Sophos attributed the U.S.'s ranking to the prevalence of high-capacity broadband Internet connections there. Small offices and home users with such connections are attractive targets that increasingly have been hijacked and put to work by spammers, often without users being awareBy Jay Lyman TechNewsWorld 12/28/04 11:23 AM PT Security firm Sophos once again has named the U.S. as the biggest spam-producing nation in the world in a recent report. Sophos also highlighted the growing problem of compromised computers, or "zombies," as conduits for the unwanted e-mail. Sophos put the U.S. atop the latest "Dirty Dozen" list, crediting America with more than 42 percent of all the world's spam in 2004. Other top offenders were South Korea (13 percent) and China (8.5 percent). Sophos attributed the U.S.'s ranking to the prevalence of high-capacity broadband connections there. Small offices and home users with such connections are attractive targets that increasingly have been hijacked and put to work by spammers, often without users being aware, Sophos said. "Many spammers have taken their money-making schemes to the extreme by hacking into innocent, third-party computers in an effort to do their dirty work," said Graham Cluley, Sophos senior technology consultant, in a statement. "Many home users' computers are sending out spam because they have had their broadband connections exploited by remote hackers."
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