America: the land of the free and the home of the… spam? A recent study by security company Sophos has revealed that the United States is the world’s number one exporter of internet spam.
Leading the pack by a very wide margin, America is the starting point for 14.6% of the world’s spam, scam and malware-infested emails. This position held steady for the US in the first two quarters of the year and appears to be on track to continue until the end of the year. America produces three times more spam than Belarus, the country that ranks second on the spam-sending list with a comparatively paltry 5.1% of the total volume.
The second-place ranking for the tiny Baltic country of Belarus is impressive in itself, considering its populations numbers just under 10 million as opposed to the 314 million American residents. Its relatively small population in fact makes Belarus the highest per capita spammer in the world. In fact, it has been estimated by some security companies that only one in every thousand emails from Belarus is non-spam.
You may not know this, but the United States was in fact the birthplace of the spam email, which began as early as 1994. As the internet became more wide-spread, spam soon became an industry in and of itself, even as courts attempted to crack down on the practice. One of the reasons the United States ranks so high in terms of spammers is due to the large amount of malware-infected computers.