India second top spam generating country in world: Study
India has been ranked second in the list of "dirty dozen" spam relaying countries, accounting for over seven per cent of global junk mails sent during the first quarter of the year, according to a new study.
Washington: India has been ranked second in
the list of "dirty dozen" spam relaying countries, accounting
for over seven per cent of global junk mails sent during the
first quarter of the year, according to a new study.
The country is lagging behind the US, which continues to
remain as the king of spam, relaying more than 13 per cent of
world`s total junk mails, while China has successfully pulled
itself out of the list, the study by computer security firm
Sophos said Thursday.
With 6.8 per cent of global junk mails, Brazil placed
third in the list, while South Korea ranked fourth by
generating 4.8 per cent of junk messages sent around the world
Vietnam was fifth with 3.4 per cent, followed by Germany
(3.2 per cent), Britain (3.1 per cent), Russia (3.1 per cent),
Italy (3.1 per cent), France (3.0 per cent), Romania (2.5 per
cent) and Poland (2.4 per cent).
Surprisingly, China, often blamed for cybercrime by other
countries, has come in at 15th place with responsibility for
relaying just 1.9 per cent of the world`s spam, according to
"All eyes aren`t so much on which countries are on the
list, but the one which isn`t," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant at Sophos.
"China has earned itself a bad reputation in many
country`s eyes for being the launch pad of targeted attacks
against foreign companies and government networks, but at
least in the last 12 months they can demonstrate that the
proportion of spam relayed by their computers has steadily
"A new dirty `gang of four` -- South Korea, Brazil, India
and their ringleader USA -- account for over 30 per cent of
all the spam relayed by hacked computers around the globe."
The study, however, showed that despite China`s improved
ranking, Asia accounted for 33.7 per cent of junk mails sent
between January and March of this year.
Continent wise, this figure is larger than Europe`s 31.2
per cent, North America`s 16.9 per cent and 14.7 percent for
Latin America, said Sophos, a Boston-based IT firm that
provides security and data protection solutions.
Junk mails, which virtually come from malware-infected
computers and cause a huge strain on company resources and
leads to lost productivity, accounts for 97 per cent of all
messages received by business email servers, many of them
selling counterfeit or illicit goods, the company said.