India crowned the Spam King by Sophos

By on April 24, 2012
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In a recent report published by Sophos security, a list of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ has been published, highlighting the top 12 countries in the world that originate spam messages. According to the latest list, that shows the stats from January to March 2012, India is the number spammer in the world, with 1 in 10 spam emails originating from there.

The top 12 spam-relaying countries for January to March 2012 are as follows:

1. India 9.3%
2. USA 8.3%
3. South Korea 5.7%
4. Indonesia tied with Russia 5.0%
5. Italy 4.9%
6. Brazil 4.3%
7. Poland 3.9%
8. Pakistan 3.3%
9. Vietnam 3.2%
10. Taiwan 2.9%
11. Peru 2.5%
12. Other 41.7%

Most of these spam messages come from a network of infected computers, or botnets, which are then used by hackers to send spam messages and DDoS attacks on websites. Such a high rise is contributed to a huge increase in internet owners who’re not aware of the risks posed online, as well as ISPs who’re not taking appropriate action against these emails. Interestingly, spam emails have decreased, while targeted messages on social networking sites that spread malware and phish for information are on the rise.

Top spam-relaying continents for January to March 2012 are as follows:

1. Asia 46.7%
2. Europe 26.9%
3. South America 11.9%
4. North America 10.9%
5. Africa 3.0%
6. Other 0.6%

While traditional marketing spam may appear to be no more than an annoyance, offering pills that have questionable claims or ‘get rich quick’ schemes, they can often lead to more serious threats to your personal information,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. “The latest stats show that, as more first-time Internet users get online in growing economies, they are not taking measures to block the malware infections that turn their PCs into spam-spewing zombies.”


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