Top 10 spam enabling countries 2017

The U.S, China and Russia currently tops Spamhaus list of the world’s worst Spam haven countries for enabling spamming. According to the latest statistics published on Spamhaus website (an international organization that tracks email spammers and spam-related activity), the number of current live spam issues in the US, China and Russia is put at 3342, 1959 and 1154 respectively (see table below for details).

According to Spamhaus: “Spam is a global problem yet some countries do little to deter spammers from operating within their borders. These countries tend to have either weak or non-existent anti-spam laws. They become safe havens for spam operations and undermine global efforts to stop spam; even to the detriment of their own nation, networks and citizens.”

Spammers use electronic messaging systems such as email to send unsolicited bulk messages (spam), also known as junk mail, indiscriminately.  Spam fuels Internet fraud, spreads computer viruses and other malicious software. The sending of unsolicited bulk email or junk mail is banned by all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) worldwide. Therefore anyone sending spam (junk mail) on the Internet, regardless of the content is violating their ISP’s terms of business contract and risks being placed on Spamhaus Block List (SBL).

Table showing list of top 10 spam enabling countries: 

RankCountry Number of Current Live Spam Issues
1United States 3042
2China 1959
3Russian Federation 1154
4Hong Kong857
5Ukraine 741
6Japan 591
7United Kingdom424
8Germany 410
9India396
10Brazil384
Source: The Spamhaus Project website

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