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India Is Top Email Spammer: Report

Sophos, a security firm, has crowned India as king of Spammers overtaking the United States to become the top global contributor to the junk email problem. Sophos suggests that if you have a spam in your inbox, there’s an almost one in ten chances that it was relayed from an Indian computer. Sophos estimated that about 9.3% of all junk mail travels through Indian computers while US stands in the second place (8.3%) and South Korea (5.7%) is third. Read Sophos report for full list. Note that MediaNama is unable to independently verify the report and is not aware of the methodology used by the security company.

How does so much of Spam arise from India?

The title is attributed to the rising inexperienced first time internet users in India, according to Sophos. The report states that the vast majority of spam comes from home computers that have been compromised by hackers, and commandeered into a botnet. Remote hackers can send spam from recruited computers, as well as potentially steal information or install other malicious code.

But the good news is that overall throughput of global email spam messages has decreased since Q1 2011. One of the reason for the decrease in email spams is the security measures taken by ISPs worldwide. However, the report also highlights that the reason for this could be spammers have moved away from traditional email spams to social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and others. While basic marketing spam  has decreased, the number of messages that spread malware or that represent more targeted attempts to phish usernames, passwords and personal information is increasing.

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