My readers, from where? From where not?

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Soon, it will be 25 February.

Then, it will be a year ago since WordPress statistics started showing from which countries visitors come.

I will maybe be too busy on 25 February to make a blog post on this.

So, I will do it now.

By now, people from most countries and territories in the world have read my blog.

There are a few exceptions. When I look at the WordPress stats map, most countries are orange; meaning visitors from there have come.

Some countries are white. Meaning, no visitors so far. They may include countries too small to show on the map. As far as I know, eg, so far I did not get any visits from San Marino, or the Saint Pierre and Miquelon islands.

Countries, big enough to see on the WordPress map with no visits so far include Turkmenistan, Greenland, Svalbard, North Korea, the Western Sahara, South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Here are stats for my visitors since WordPress started country by country figures.

Top Views by Country for all days ending 2013-02-10 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 50,453
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 23,750
Canada FlagCanada 7,616
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 6,587
Greece FlagGreece 4,792
India FlagIndia 3,920
Romania FlagRomania 3,693
Australia FlagAustralia 3,509
Germany FlagGermany 2,854
France FlagFrance 2,400
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 1,893
Sweden FlagSweden 1,890
Italy FlagItaly 1,784
Belgium FlagBelgium 1,771
Jamaica FlagJamaica 1,452
Philippines FlagPhilippines 1,445
Spain FlagSpain 1,362
Armenia FlagArmenia 1,358
Singapore FlagSingapore 1,292
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 1,004
Ireland FlagIreland 916
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 812
Brazil FlagBrazil 794
Bahrain FlagBahrain 727
Turkey FlagTurkey 725
Pakistan FlagPakistan 708
Japan FlagJapan 694
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 692
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 686
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 622
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 600
Thailand FlagThailand 599
Portugal FlagPortugal 592
Poland FlagPoland 590
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 570
Finland FlagFinland 556
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 544
Norway FlagNorway 530
Denmark FlagDenmark 523
Mexico FlagMexico 486
Hungary FlagHungary 454
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 453
Israel FlagIsrael 415
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 379
Egypt FlagEgypt 360
Argentina FlagArgentina 321
Serbia FlagSerbia 310
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 309
Lebanon FlagLebanon 287
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 269
Austria FlagAustria 267
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 249
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 242
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 209
Croatia FlagCroatia 200
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 197
Malta FlagMalta 184
Ukraine FlagUkraine 170
Iceland FlagIceland 167
Morocco FlagMorocco 167
Kenya FlagKenya 167
Kuwait FlagKuwait 166
Qatar FlagQatar 158
Colombia FlagColombia 153
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 149
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 143
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 140
Tunisia FlagTunisia 131
Ecuador FlagEcuador 125
Peru FlagPeru 115
Jordan FlagJordan 114
Lithuania FlagLithuania 113
Cyprus FlagCyprus 110
Chile FlagChile 108
Georgia FlagGeorgia 91
Latvia FlagLatvia 81
Estonia FlagEstonia 80
Albania FlagAlbania 80
Algeria FlagAlgeria 77
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 76
Oman FlagOman 76
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 74
Nigeria FlagNigeria 73
Iraq FlagIraq 71
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 69
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 67
Uganda FlagUganda 59
Bolivia FlagBolivia 58
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestinian Territory, Occupied 50
Tanzania, United Republic of FlagUnited Republic of Tanzania 50
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 48
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 46
Afghanistan FlagAfghanistan 45
Cambodia FlagCambodia 44
Panama FlagPanama 42
Nepal FlagNepal 41
Libya FlagLibya 39
Mauritius FlagMauritius 38
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 38
Suriname FlagSuriname 37
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan 37
Jersey FlagJersey 36
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 33
Myanmar FlagMyanmar 29
Guyana FlagGuyana 28
Uruguay FlagUruguay 28
Yemen FlagYemen 26
Ghana FlagGhana 25
Brunei Darussalam FlagBrunei Darussalam 24
Gambia FlagGambia 24
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 21
Mongolia FlagMongolia 20
Maldives FlagMaldives 19
Belarus FlagBelarus 18
Senegal FlagSenegal 18
Isle of Man FlagIsle of Man 17
Barbados FlagBarbados 17
Syrian Arab Republic FlagSyrian Arab Republic 17
Macao FlagMacao 16
Gibraltar FlagGibraltar 16
Honduras FlagHonduras 16
El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 15
Botswana FlagBotswana 14
Guernsey FlagGuernsey 14
Aruba FlagAruba 13
New Caledonia FlagNew Caledonia 13
Paraguay FlagParaguay 13
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 13
Antigua and Barbuda FlagAntigua and Barbuda 13
Madagascar FlagMadagascar 12
Swaziland FlagSwaziland 12
Mozambique FlagMozambique 12
Saint Lucia FlagSaint Lucia 12
Rwanda FlagRwanda 11
Sudan FlagSudan 11
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 11
Namibia FlagNamibia 11
Malawi FlagMalawi 11
Angola FlagAngola 11
Haiti FlagHaiti 10
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 10
Bahamas FlagBahamas 10
Lao People's Democratic Republic FlagLao People’s Democratic Republic 10
Nicaragua FlagNicaragua 9
Seychelles FlagSeychelles 9
Belize FlagBelize 9
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan 8
Bermuda FlagBermuda 8
Fiji FlagFiji 8
Virgin Islands, U.S. FlagVirgin Islands 7
Cameroon FlagCameroon 7
Faroe Islands FlagFaroe Islands 7
Iran, Islamic Republic of FlagIran, Islamic Republic of 7
Kyrgyzstan FlagKyrgyzstan 7
Micronesia, Federated States of FlagMicronesia, Federated States of 7
Côte d'Ivoire FlagCôte d’Ivoire 7
Djibouti FlagDjibouti 6
Andorra FlagAndorra 5
Turks and Caicos Islands FlagTurks and Caicos Islands 5
Liberia FlagLiberia 5
China FlagChina 5
Cuba FlagCuba 5
Mali FlagMali 5
Guam FlagGuam 4
Zambia FlagZambia 4
Guadeloupe FlagGuadeloupe 4
Benin FlagBenin 4
Grenada FlagGrenada 4
Virgin Islands, British FlagBritish Virgin Islands 4
Papua New Guinea FlagPapua New Guinea 3
Saint Kitts and Nevis FlagSaint Kitts and Nevis 3
Réunion FlagRéunion 3
Burkina Faso FlagBurkina Faso 3
Niger FlagNiger 3
Lesotho FlagLesotho 3
American Samoa FlagAmerican Samoa 3
Comoros FlagComoros 2
Netherlands Antilles FlagNetherlands Antilles 2
Holy See (Vatican City State) FlagVatican City 2
Northern Mariana Islands FlagNorthern Mariana Islands 2
Monaco FlagMonaco 2
Guinea-Bissau FlagGuinea-Bissau 2
French Guiana FlagFrench Guiana 2
Montserrat FlagMontserrat 2
Mauritania FlagMauritania 2
Martinique FlagMartinique 2
Anguilla FlagAnguilla 2
Tonga FlagTonga 1
French Polynesia FlagFrench Polynesia 1
Somalia FlagSomalia 1
Cook Islands FlagCook Islands 1
Bhutan FlagBhutan 1
Burundi FlagBurundi 1
Vanuatu FlagVanuatu 1
Uzbekistan FlagUzbekistan 1
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the FlagDemocratic Republic of the Congo 1
Dominica FlagDominica 1
Tajikistan FlagTajikistan 1
Kiribati FlagKiribati 1
British Indian Ocean Territory FlagBritish Indian Ocean Territory 1
Gabon FlagGabon 1
Timor-Leste FlagTimor-Leste 1

Dictatorships’ Internet spying

This video is called WikiLeaks Spy Files: GAMMA.

By Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times in the USA:

Crime-fighting software used by govts to spy on political dissidents

Updated: August 31, 2012 09:52 IST

San Francisco: Morgan Marquis-Boire works as a Google engineer and Bill Marczak is earning a Ph.D. in computer science. But this summer, the two men have been moonlighting as detectives, chasing an elusive surveillance tool from Bahrain across five continents.

What they found was the widespread use of sophisticated, off-the-shelf computer espionage software by governments with questionable records on human rights. While the software is supposedly sold for use only in criminal investigations, the two came across evidence that it was being used to target political dissidents.

The software proved to be the stuff of a spy film: It can grab images of computer screens, record Skype chats, turn on cameras and microphones and log keystrokes. The two men said they discovered mobile versions of the spyware customized for all major mobile phones.

But what made the software especially sophisticated was how well it avoided detection. Its creators specifically engineered it to elude antivirus software made by Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, F-Secure and others.

The software has been identified as FinSpy, one of the more elusive spyware tools sold in the growing market of off-the-shelf computer surveillance technologies that give governments a sophisticated plug-in monitoring operation. Research now links it to servers in more than a dozen countries, including Turkmenistan, Brunei and Bahrain, although no government acknowledges using the software for surveillance purposes.

The market for such technologies has grown to $5 billion a year from “nothing 10 years ago,” said Jerry Lucas, president of TeleStrategies, the company behind ISS World, an annual surveillance show where law enforcement agents view the latest computer spyware.

FinSpy is made by the Gamma Group, a British company that says it sells monitoring software to governments solely for criminal investigations.

“This is dual-use equipment,” said Eva Galperin, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group. “If you sell it to a country that obeys the rule of law, they may use it for law enforcement. If you sell it to a country where the rule of law is not so strong, it will be used to monitor journalists and dissidents.”

Until Mr. Marquis-Boire and Mr. Marczak stumbled upon FinSpy last May, security researchers had tried, unsuccessfully, for a year to track it down. FinSpy gained notoriety in March 2011 after protesters raided Egypt’s state security headquarters and discovered a document that appeared to be a proposal by the Gamma Group to sell FinSpy to the government of President Hosni Mubarak for $353,000.

UK firm faces questions over how spyware ended up in Bahrain: here.
Update: here.