India retains 2nd rank in sending spam, US leads

India has retained its second position in originating spam after US.

New Delhi: India has retained its second
position in originating spam, accounting for about 12.55 per
cent of the global junk mails sent in July, even after
reducing the number of mails sent, says a study.

Besides, the US has continued to maintain its first
position as the king of Spam relaying nearly one-fourth of the
world`s total junk mails and Brazil also continued to hold the
third position with 12 per cent, the study by Trend Micro

Continuing the last two-month trend in July, the US,
India and Brazil retained their positions as the top three
spam-sending countries.

The report also noted that while India has posted a
decline in numbers of mail sent, both the US and Brazil have
witnessed an increase in their spam numbers during the month.

"User account information and credit card credentials
reap good profits for cybercriminals. Cybercriminals continued
to leverage on the widespread use of social networking sites,
search engines, and redirectors this July," Trend Micro
Manager(India and SAARC) Amit Nath Country said.

The report noted that attacks are now carried out using
three primary vectors - email, Web, and file.

With 11.3 per cent of global junk mails, the UK placed
fourth in the list, while Germany was fifth by generating 8.66
per cent of junk messages sent around the world.

Surprisingly, China, often blamed for cybercrime by other
countries, did not appear on the list .
Junk mails virtually come from malware-infected computers
and cause a huge strain on company resources and leads to lost

In terms of companies, HSBC has become the top phishing
target for July via email.

Among other countries on the list, Vietnam was sixth with
7.71 per cent, followed by France (6.71 per cent), Republic of
Korea (6.09 per cent), Italy (5.46 per cent) and Romania (5.13
per cent).