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India Becomes World Leader in Spam Output

By - Source: Sophos | B 24 comments

Country has increased its percentage of global spam for third quarter in a row.

India has surpassed the United States in becoming the country which is responsible for sending the most spam on the planet.

One out of every six junk emails that users receive are coming from India, according to a new report conducted by SophosLabs.

Its third-quarter "Dirty Dozen" report of countries who spew out the most spam found that India increased its percentage of global spam for the third quarter in a row. The country now accounts for 16.1 percent of all junk e-mails generated.

SophosLabs stressed that the spam doesn't necessarily stem directly from India-based computers. Instead, it's delivered from "ill-protected machines" that "have been turned into spam-spitting zombies in botnets."

"The latest Dirty Dozen report suggests that a not insignificant number of PCs in India are harbouring malware infections that turn PCs into spam-spitting zombie slaves, controlled by the cybercriminals who make money by punting junk emails to promote questionable goods, or simply use malicious spam to infect more computers," said SophosLabs. "The authorities in India need to make IT security education a priority. One would be safe to assume that, if computer users in the country are being targeted in order to relay spam, they are likely victims of other online threats such as fraud."

Sophos added that 5.3 percent of the world's internet users are from India, which makes it the third most connected country after the U.S. and China. However, just 10.2 percent of the population has internet access. Due to this, Sophos suggests that it's one of the possible reasons relating to the lack of security measures for the region's systems.

The United States had previously been the top spamming country for several years before it was overtaken by India back in April.


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    freggo , November 13, 2012 6:07 AM
    The US is not outsourcing the Spam activities as well.
    That means more hackers in the unemployment office :-)

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    aftcomet , November 13, 2012 6:09 AM
    E-Mail spam is nothing with all the filters out there. I'll get telemarketers/scammers calling my home from India by using Google Voice.
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    bigshootr8 , November 13, 2012 6:13 AM
    surprised not I. Just glad I don't have to call india for windows anymore F that.
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    cats_Paw , November 13, 2012 6:33 AM
    I dont even remmber the last time i got a spam in the mail that wasent filtered (except in hotmail, but i think its actually hotmail who sends those as ads), so... why would i care?
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    agnickolov , November 13, 2012 6:49 AM
    While the development in India is certainly interesting, the article completely failed to elaborate on the rise of spam in Italy...
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    virtualban , November 13, 2012 7:30 AM
    xiaojie1welcome to our website: ********************** etc etc

    What about forum spams? Can I would be curious to know the ranking of spam bots in other flavours than e-mail.
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    abbadon_34 , November 13, 2012 7:38 AM
    Tom's can attest to that, 11p-3a worst spam ever
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 8:09 AM
    So if we nuke India. Will we decrease the spam emails recieved by 16.1% I wonder?
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    JOSHSKORN , November 13, 2012 8:29 AM
    So those E-mails about investing into the Bank of Nigeria don't come from Nigeria, do they? LOL
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    nebun , November 13, 2012 8:49 AM
    this is really interesting, considering that most people in India live in huts and are very poor
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 9:01 AM
    those bastards, they killed kenny
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    halcyon , November 13, 2012 9:22 AM
    Surprise, surprise, surprise.
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    acyuta , November 13, 2012 11:04 AM
    Add unsolicited SMS sent on mobiles (property, health, insurance, or just a scam lottery) that is sent in India with the collusion of service providers and regulator. Then India's share would more than double. One really has to keep messaging on silent (no beep on receipt)
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    ddpruitt , November 13, 2012 11:11 AM
    What's up with Italy in second??? I want some details on this.
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    thebigt42 , November 13, 2012 12:46 PM
    That is why my corp spam software blocks all emails outside the US by default.
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    mayankleoboy1 , November 13, 2012 1:06 PM
    nebunthis is really interesting, considering that most people in India live in huts and are very poor

    Sad but true. I wonder why so much hate on this post..... Is it hating to tell the truth here ?
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    makaveli316 , November 13, 2012 2:34 PM
    I have gmail since 2006 maybe, never used a spam filter and i got no more than 10 spam emails in 6 years.
    Just don't use your email everywhere, be smart with your choices and you'll be free of spam.
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    tburns1 , November 13, 2012 2:42 PM
    I'd love to see a spam bot post info about Nike Air Jordan's right about now. Seems appropriate for this story.
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    f-14 , November 13, 2012 2:44 PM
    LogionSo if we nuke India. Will we decrease the spam emails recieved by 16.1% I wonder?

    that just assures you will have to eat T virus genetically engineered food by nuking india.
    on the plus side it makes the democrats plan to export food from the united states to balance the trade deficit with china a little more feasible until brazil ramps up it's agricultural production to fill in the void as most american crops are suffering frost & flooding/drought problems year after year now.
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    f-14 , November 13, 2012 2:44 PM
    nebunthis is really interesting, considering that most people in India live in huts and are very poor

    ya i wondered about that too. kind of hard to fix your computer when most of them don't go to school and can't read.
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