In the latest tabulation of spammers by nation, the U.S. leads by a wide margin with 42% of all email spam originating in this country. South Korea, which has among the highest rates of broadband access in the world, is in second at 13%, followed by China at 8%, Canada at 6% and Brazil at 3%. More from the CIO Today story:
Despite such efforts as the CAN-SPAM act, which was passed in January, efforts to address the problem in the U.S. are having little impact, Gregg Mastoras, senior security analyst at Sophos, told NewsFactor. "The problem is poor legislation and a lack of interest among law enforcement agencies to pursue spammers," he said, noting that the U.S. topped the previous "Dirty Dozen" list issued early this year.
Canada, on the other hand, has taken more concrete steps and has shown results in stemming the flow of spam. Just one of many things we can learn from our neighbors to the north.
Interesting that Japan and the EU countries don't make the list, not to mention that nice gentleman from Nigeria who keeps emailing me about his recent financial dilemma. And then there's the Dutch fellow who's been contacting me lately. Or at least I think he's Dutch; anyway, his English could use some work: "revollutionaary and new peenjs enlaargment devjce."
This is a good time to recommend Thunderbird to you, the email client companion to Firefox. It's free and developed from the open source Mozilla project. I've been using beta versions for months now and love it, and the official 1.0 release just came out. RSS support, spell checker, many extensions available ... but the reason I bring it up is that it has a built-in adaptable spam filter which has worked quite well for me (the Nigerian and peenjs enlaargment spams I dug out from the "junk" folder where they're sent automatically).
They hate us for our freedom. And our ample supplies of Vioxx.