The UK has been identified as the tenth biggest spammer in the world according to a new report published by IT security and control firm, Sophos.
The survey, which measured spam messages received in the company’s global network of spam traps over the second quarter of 2007, placed Britain behind some surprising culprits.
Top of the chart was the usual suspect, the US, which was found to be responsible for 19.6 per cent of spam-relays, down by 0.2 per cent.
However, Poland was placed in fourth position despite having emerged as an IT nation much later than the UK.
China was the second biggest spammer, with 8.4 per cent, while South Koera was placed third with 6.5 per cent.
The UK shared tenth position with Italy at a respectable 2.8 per cent.
Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos, said spam was a global problem that needed to be combated.
“While the US remains top spam dog, the latest chart emphasises the urgent need for joined-up global action to combat this growing problem,” she said.
“A consolidated effort is needed not only to pursue and prosecute spammers, but also to convince computer users everywhere of the importance of blocking rather than responding to spam messages. Everyone has a part to play if we are to win the global battle against spam.”