India Beats U.S. for Top Spam-Producing Country
April 24, 2012 10:32 AM
U.S. drops to second place
When it comes to the top countries in the world for relaying spam, the U.S. has long held the title of number one. That title has been taken over by India according to security firm Sophos. The company charted the top 12 spam relaying countries ranking them in order based on how much spam they relayed between January and March of 2012.
India now relays 9.3% of the world's spam. The U.S. relayed 8.3% of all spam during the period. Other countries on the top list in order include South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Italy, Brazil, Poland, Pakistan, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Peru.
Overall, compared to Q1 2011 the amount of global spam has decreased. That is very good news because it means we have to deal with less offers to enlarge certain body parts or order prescription free drugs.
Sadly while spam is decreasing, Sophos reports that a number of messages spreading malware, phishing attacks, and other threats are increasing. These types of infected messages are one of the main ways that spammers turn user's computers unknowingly into spam generating bots.
Huge effort is underway across the world to curtail spam and botnets. Software giant Microsoft claims that any
botnet can be destroyed
and is actively seeking to destroy them.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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