Sunday, April 23, 2006

13 Billion spam emails sent everyday

Yes that headline is correct, just over 13 billion spam emails are sent everyday. Apparently almost 22% of them originate from computers in China. In fact Asia as a whole accounts for over 42% of the world’s spam.

According to a recent report by security firm Sophos, more than 70% of spam emails are being relayed from hijacked home computers. It seems that the hackers who have infiltrated these computers rent them out to spammers.

A Sophos spokesman suggested computer users install better security packages. Which is probably geek speak for get yourself a Mac.