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UK Climbs The Ranks For Virus and Spam Production

Network Box : 29 July, 2010  (Technical Article)
Threat statistics covering June from Network Box indicate a rise in the prominence of the United Kingdom in the generation of spam and malicious software
June saw the UK become the fourth largest producer of spam in the world, and it is now also the fourth largest producer of viruses, according to July threat statistics from managed security company, Network Box.

The number one virus producer remains the US, which has increased production by around one per cent (to 14.6 per cent). But India's slight increase in production (from 9.2 to 9.5 per cent) was enough to move it to number two in the charts and see Korea drop to third place, with a decline in production of more than three per cent.

The UK has moved from sixth to fourth place in the virus charts - it now produces five per cent of the world's viruses - the result of an increase of two per cent in virus production and Russia's decrease of over three per cent.

The spam chart is still dominated by the US (11 per cent), India (eight per cent), Brazil (almost five per cent) and the UK (four per cent).

Simon Heron, Internet Security Analyst for Network Box, says: "Governments are in a difficult position at the moment. Clearly, cuts need to be made to balance the books, but there is also evidence that cybercrime will increase at times of economic strain. Cybercrime is a crime without borders and all governments must co-operate to successfully tackle the problem. The recent news that the UK's Police Central E-Crime Unit will not receive the increased funding it expected next year, may be seen as further evidence that cybercrime is not being tackled with the urgency that it requires."
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