Where’s The Spam Spewing From?

Michael Semer
Jul. 24, 2013 by Michael Semer

The attacks keep getting bigger, and global spam levels, stable in 2012, are back on the rise, according to a McAfee study quoted at ZDNet and other outlets.  How big a rise?  There was a volume of 1.9 trillion email spams in March 2013 alone – double the number detected in December 2012.  Ouch!

The number of websites and URL expressly created for spamming rose, too, though phishing URLs dropped – but only in comparison to their skyrocketing climb in 2012.

Where does it all originate, geographically-speaking?  In terms of spam and phishing URL hosting, if you said the USA, you’re a winner – we’re still in the lead, as of Q1!  But the powerhouse economies of the Asia-Pacific area – with their high-speed infrastructures – are coming on fast.  According to a January report from Akamai, more than half of the world’s attack traffic originated from that region.

But there’s another challenger: the brand-spanking-new king for sheer volume of spam messages is Belarus, according to TechNewsDaily.com.  In April, 448 million of these got sent from the U.S., but 559 million came from Belarus.

Their caviar is one thing.  Some exports we can do without.

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