It might not have won the FIFA World Cup, but when it comes to sending spam email, the USA is the undisputed world champion. Also Read - Beware Android users! Delete this 7 Android apps that can steal your personal data
According to the latest Sophos ‘Spampionship’ report, for the fourth quarter in succession, the US is home to the most spam-sending computers in the world, responsible for 24.2 percent of all suspicious emails sent globally. By comparison, Germany, this year’s World Cup winners, are in a very distant sixth place (responsible for 3.4% of all spam) and beaten finalists, Argentina, down in 12th place with 2.4 percent. Also Read - Is your phone infected with malware? Here's how to find out
France is currently in second place in the Sophos league (6.7%) followed by China in third (responsible for 6.2% of global spam volumes) and the top five is rounded out by Italy (5.2%) and Russia (5.1%). Interestingly, just like in the World Cup, England (or the UK to be precise) is nowhere to be seen in the list. But the reason why the US has developed such a commanding lead and appears to dominate the results is partially down to the sheer volume of computers in active use in the country coupled with the fact that it is also home to the majority of the world’s internet infrastructure. Also Read - Over 10 million Android users affected with GriftHorse malware: Delete these apps now
If the figures are adjusted to represent volume of spam based on the country’s population, then the US drops to 12th and last place and Bulgaria climbs to first. It sends 2.1 times the volume of spam of the US per capita. As well as highlighting that spam, just like soccer, is a global game, Sophos’s quarterly reports should also serve as a reminder that the overwhelming majority of spam is sent automatically from infected computers without their owners’ knowledge or consent.
However, spam is but one nasty side effect of a virus or malware. If a PC is pumping out unsolicited emails, it’s more than likely that it’s also logging keystrokes and passwords too. To avoid adding to spam volumes, Sophos and a host of another anti-virus firms recommend not clicking on links within emails and never downloading an attachment unless it is in a recognizable file format and has been sent to you by someone you trust.
You should also always keep all of the software and applications running on your computer fully up to date, and install some form of anti-virus software.