Qian Tang presented at ICIS 2012 in Orlando, FL, 14 December 2012,
a paper about comparisons of eight countries, in pairs,
one of each pair ranked on
and the other not.
Statistical results indicate the rankings changed organizational
Cybersecurity is a national priority in this big data era. Because of the
lack of incentives and the existence of negative externality, companies
often underinvest in addressing security risks and accidents, despite
government and industry recommendations. In the present article, we
propose a method that utilizes reputation through information disclosure
to motivate companies to behave pro-socially, improving their Internet
security. Using outbound spam as a proxy for Internet security, we
conducted a quasi-experimental field study for eight countries through
SpamRankings.net. This outgoing-spam-based study shows that information
disclosure on outgoing spam can help reduce outgoing spam, approximately
by 16 percent. This finding suggests that information disclosure can be
leveraged to encourage companies to reduce security threats. It also
provides support for public policies that require mandatory reporting
from organizations and offers implications for evaluating and executing
Even while spamming a lot less,
AS 44565 VITAL still placed #1 again for spewing spam from Turkey
from CBL data.
Even as Vital got a handle on
its Kelihos problem,
AS 8386 KOCNET improved twice.
Maybe KOCNET is finally getting a grip on
its Festi problem.
KOCNET’s peak of 0.8 million messages in November is a lot less than
its peak of 1.3 million in September, although still far too many.
OVH won again, more than doubling its spam spew of last month!
This is in the
from CBL data.
Is that 407,726,779 spam messages in a single month a record?
Last month it was Kelihos.
This month it looks like darkmailer.
Belgium has a Kelihos problem in
from CBL data
for October 2012.
#1 Mobistar’s AS 12493 and #2 Telenet’s AS 6848 were spewing spam from
Kelihos, pushing all the other ASNs down the rankings.
Kelihos rampage: it’s not just for
A few other botnets have a bit of Kelihos, but only the top 2 for Belgium
are part of the Kelihos rampage.
(Newcomer AS 9031 EDPNET has a Cutwail problem.)