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Dubious distinction: India leads global 'dirty dozen' of spam-relaying nations

New Delhi April 21 2012: India has overtaken the United States to become the world’s top contributor of junk messages, being responsible for relaying one in ten spam emails. This is the finding of a study by IT security and data protection firm Sophos, covering the first quarter of 2012. 

Most spam comes from home computers that have been compromised by hackers. India's rise to the top spot comes as the number of new internet users in the country is growing very rapidly, suggesting that computers in the country are not properly protected and that ISPs are not taking spam as seriously as they should.
Overall throughput of global email spam messages has decreased since Q1 2011, partly because of better work by ISPs around the world, but also reflecting a change in tactics by cybercriminals. Spammers are increasingly finding traditional email spam ineffective, turning to social networks to spread these kinds of marketing spam campaigns instead.
While basic marketing spam decreases, the amount of messages that spread malware or that represent more targeted attempts to phish usernames, passwords and personal information is increasing.
Dirty Dozen: The top 12 spam-relaying countries for January to March 2012: 

1 India 9.3%
2 USA 8.3%
3 South Korea 5.7%
4 Indonesia 5.0%
5 Russia 5.0%
6 Italy 4.9%
7 Brazil 4.3%
8 Poland 3.9%
9 Pakistan 3.3%
10 Vietnam 3.2%
11 Taiwan 2.9%
12 Peru 2.5%
(Rest 41.7 %)
"While traditional marketing spam may appear to be no more than an annoyance, offering pills that have questionable claims or to get you rich quick, they can often to lead to more serious threats to your personal information," says 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."
Sophos recommends that companies automatically update their corporate virus protection, and run a consolidated solution at their email and web gateways to defend against spam and viruses. Home users are advised to defend their computers with virus protection, to prevent becoming part of a botnet used for the purposes of sending spam. www.sophos.com  




    


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Dubious distinction: India leads global 'dirty dozen' of spam-relaying nations
by Ajay on May  11,  2012
  "I agree, funny how some people can't live wutohit Facebook, how sad people have become addicted to this site. Forgetting the real life, while people "say" it us beneficial look at all the harm it does. The important things in life get neglected, marriages and relationships being destroyed with families through infidelity, people posting to see if their "friends" who are really old acquaintances post on their posts as they yearn for attention. How about get a life with with your real families and true friends and get some self esteem through being productive instead of wasting your life with petty comments. If you called your friends and acquaintances all day and everyday with the stupid and silly comments posted on FB, they would eventually stop taking your calls and tell everyone that you are an attention fanatic and you need to get a life. What is the difference via this site??? Sad this is where technology has taken us, they call this progress, wonder how much more progress we can take, hmmm."
     
Dubious distinction: India leads global 'dirty dozen' of spam-relaying nations
by Ajay on May  11,  2012
  "I agree, funny how some people can''t live wutohit Facebook, how sad people have become addicted to this site. Forgetting the real life, while people "say" it us beneficial look at all the harm it does. The important things in life get neglected, marriages and relationships being destroyed with families through infidelity, people posting to see if their "friends" who are really old acquaintances post on their posts as they yearn for attention. How about get a life with with your real families and true friends and get some self esteem through being productive instead of wasting your life with petty comments. If you called your friends and acquaintances all day and everyday with the stupid and silly comments posted on FB, they would eventually stop taking your calls and tell everyone that you are an attention fanatic and you need to get a life. What is the difference via this site??? Sad this is where technology has taken us, they call this progress, wonder how much more progress we can take, hmmm."
     
Dubious distinction: India leads global 'dirty dozen' of spam-relaying nations
by Aysun on May  14,  2012
  "The stats are interesting, but blaimng the end user for being vicitimized by criminals is hardly a productive approach to solving the problem long-term. What needs to happen is an organized campaign to reduce criminal activity in this area. That will be hard. It will require international cooperation. But until and unless that happens, the internet will continue to degrade into nothing more than a cesspool of fraud. Governments have proven that, given sufficient will, they can work together to make serious inroads against organized crime. So why are they dragging their feet on internet crime which has already cost individuals, organizations, and governments trillions of dollars?"
     
Dubious distinction: India leads global 'dirty dozen' of spam-relaying nations
by Aysun on May  14,  2012
  "The stats are interesting, but blaimng the end user for being vicitimized by criminals is hardly a productive approach to solving the problem long-term. What needs to happen is an organized campaign to reduce criminal activity in this area. That will be hard. It will require international cooperation. But until and unless that happens, the internet will continue to degrade into nothing more than a cesspool of fraud. Governments have proven that, given sufficient will, they can work together to make serious inroads against organized crime. So why are they dragging their feet on internet crime which has already cost individuals, organizations, and governments trillions of dollars?"