Australia has dropped off the 2006 "dirty dozen" spam list completely. The list, compiled by Sophos,\u00a0is a snapshot of countries found to be contributing to the worldwide level of spam in the third quarter of 2006.In the quarter, Australia had fallen from number 25 to 32 in a global ranking of countries known for sending spam.The ranking means Australia contributes 0.4 percent to the rate of global spam. The United States\u00a0was found to contribute 21 percent, topping the list. China, including Hong Kong at 13.4 percent, France at 6.3 percent (a tie with South Korea) and new entry Israel at 1.8 percent rounded out the list.Poland contributed 4.8 percent, Brazil 4.7 percent, Italy 4.3 and Germany 3 percent.The only comparison Australia had globally was Malaysia, which, according to the Sophos ASEAN league table, ranked globally at number 31 with 0.4 percent.Paul Ducklin, Sophos Asia Pacific head of technology, said not too much can be read into the drop in spam relaying in Australia. Ducklin said Australia is down and staying down and in such a table should be glad the country is near the bottom in an increasingly global issue."Whether Australia is 28th or 23rd doesn\u2019t matter, as what is good is that we have not seen anything even looking like a resurgence in spam-relaying machines. There does not seem to be more computers infected by zombies this year," Ducklin said."The big deal is if we had gone back up, and of course one thing driving other countries up the spam list is the more the population is connected online as spam is increasingly becoming a global problem."If you compare the economies and population of Japan and Australia, and the fact perhaps spam is newer in Japan, we are not doing too badly when you consider the Internet penetration and population size in Australia."Japan was found to contribute some 1.7 percent to global spam levels, according to the report, ranking\u00a0it number 12 on the list.By Michael Crawford, Computerworld AustraliaRelated Links:\u2022 New Phishing Attack Uses Fake Journalists to Target Bank Workers\u2022 The ABCs of Phishing and PharmingKeep checking in at our Security Feed for updated news coverage.