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Spam: It's the Americans, not Russians

Wednesday, March 12 12:49:25

Recent research shows that six out of ten top spammers are located in USA, two in Ukraine, one in India and another in Canada.

According to systems security group, ESET Ireland number-crunched the latest statistics from Spamhaus, a Swiss-based organisation, whose mission is to track the Internet's spam operations, that shed some light on the spamming sources.

Up to 80pc of spam targeted at Internet users in North America and Europe is generated by a hard-core group of around 100 known professional spam gangs whose names, aliases and operations are documented in their database.

The TOP 10 chart of listed spammers is based on those that are viewed as the highest threat, the worst of the career spammers causing the most damage on the Internet currently. They flag these gangs and individuals as a priority for law enforcement agencies.

The world's Top 10 Spam gangs are: Mamba Hosting / Rob McGee / Craig Ames - United States; Daniel Alvarez / Convex Marketing - United States; Canadian Pharmacy - Ukraine; Yair Shalev / Kobeni Solutions - United States; Aiming Invest - United States; Jagger Babuin / BHSI - Canada; Michael Lindsay / iMedia Networks - United States; Century Infotech - India; Yambo Financials - Ukraine and Quick Cart Pro - United States.

Their activities include using many falsified domains to send tens of millions of spams per day using botnet techniques, renting an endless number of servers to host their own spam webpages and the webpages of their spam-clients, billing for child, animal, and incest-porn, pirated software, and fake pharmaceuticals.

"At ESET Ireland we often write about various spams and scams targeting Irish computer users, such as the recent fraudulent "Notice of Tax Return" purporting to come from Irish Tax and Customs and many others. Most of the time it is difficult to define where the spam is coming from, as the cybercriminals behind it use various techniques to hide their origin behind faked domain names. All the spam the cybercriminals send is in various ways designed to make money for them and never for the benefit of the receiver, no matter what wonderful things it may promise. ESET Ireland therefore recommends computer users use spam filters and flag and delete any spam they may encounter, to help prevent its spreading," said ESET's Urban Schrott.