Two minutes of spam with Google Earth

Next week we’ll be publishing our regular report into the top “dirty dozen” nations – in other words, those countries where the most compromised machines are found relaying spam to the rest of us.

It’s often a surprise to people outside the industry to learn that most of the time spammers don’t actually use their own computers to send their unwanted marketing messages – instead they use hacked PCs belonging to innocent people, taking remote control of them and forcing them en masse to pump out junk emails.

In SophosLabs we track spam in a number of ways. In this short video my colleagues Carole Theriault and Mark Harris demonstrate how we plot the PCs sending the spam using Google Earth.

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And don’t forget to look out for our latest spam report next week.