India: world's biggest source of spam

Today is a sad day for the United States. Security specialists Sophos have found that India has stolen America’s crown, becoming the undisputed king of worldwide spam.

With the release of its latest ‘Dirty Dozen’ spam report, which tracks the world’s top twelve countries that make the most significant contribution to the spam epidemic, Sophos revealed that – compared with Q1 2011 – the proportion of global spam emanating from India has increased year-on-year, with the country now spitting out 9.3% of the world’s junk mail. The US, meanwhile, has dropped to second place, with 8.3%.

South Korea occupies the number three spot, with 5.7%, while Indonesia and Russia jointly share fourth place, each pushing out 5% of unsolicited messages.

But last year’s sixth place holder – the United Kingdom – is nowhere to be seen in the latest Dirty Dozen. During the same quarter last year, the UK contributed 3.2% of the world’s spam; this year, that figure had almost halved, with an impressive 47% reduction.

Between them, the Dirty Dozen nations pump out almost 60% of the world’s spam. While Sophos notes that spam emails have decreased as a whole over the last year – thanks in part to better network protections, and efforts such as Microsoft’s anti-botnet operations – spammers are now moving towards new means of blasting users with unwelcome marketing messages.

While ‘traditional’ spam continues to fall, users are being increasingly targeted through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Malware distribution and phishing attacks are also growing. The Sophos report highlights as a particular concern the growing problem of first-time PC owners in emerging economies failing to take adequate measures to secure their systems, as without proper protections, their systems become appropriated as “spam-spewing zombies”.

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"users are being increasingly targeted through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest"

which is why they are all blocked here at work.

-Razorfold said,
Lol what? China isn't on that list?

Nope! Chines are too smart... they have hacked indian servers and are spending spam emails. India is a subcontracting and call center hub, they cannot buy and install spam advertisements on their own cause they do not have any business model for that. Indian's only execute what American software industry tells them to do!

thats why i block the entire country. I dont know anyone that lives there, so i have no need to get email from them. peerblock ftw

You can't believe how much I spam I get to my e-mail.. So I finally created a Word Document and wrote in it some good words (If you know what I mean), and every time I get a new spam e-mail I copy/paste it in the reply But sometimes it feels like digging in water because the spam keeps coming.

...now you've just verified to all the spam bots that your email address exists and is active, so you'll get even more spam.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
You can't believe how much I spam I get to my e-mail.. So I finally created a Word Document and wrote in it some good words (If you know what I mean), and every time I get a new spam e-mail I copy/paste it in the reply But sometimes it feels like digging in water because the spam keeps coming.

All in vain, indeed. No one reads it and, what's worse, you confirm that your address is active - a good target.

You really shouldn't be replying to spam lol.

For one, its usually sent by bots so nobody is actually going to read it. And two, you're just informing the computer that the email is active and in use.

Same thing applies to the "unsubscribe" link you find in most spam emails.

Edit: Gah beaten to it.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
You can't believe how much I spam I get to my e-mail.. So I finally created a Word Document and wrote in it some good words (If you know what I mean), and every time I get a new spam e-mail I copy/paste it in the reply But sometimes it feels like digging in water because the spam keeps coming.

what the hell!!! you confirmed to the bots that your email exists and you will get more spam...

still1 said,

what the hell!!! you confirmed to the bots that your email exists and you will get more spam...

+1

the OP made me lol

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
You can't believe how much I spam I get to my e-mail.. So I finally created a Word Document and wrote in it some good words (If you know what I mean), and every time I get a new spam e-mail I copy/paste it in the reply But sometimes it feels like digging in water because the spam keeps coming.

Man, you're doing it wrong

ShareShiz said,

please sir. i need money for rice. will you be my friend. sir

myself swaminathan benganathan puttu swami iyer, I belong to the royal family of kuttupatatu in Kerala, You must be thinking why i contacted you, actually i have invested big amount of money in tech support. Now i want to move to your country with my family, but i need some help in that, i need you little investment in my immigration, i promise you we will share the money we get from my tech support and 1 dollar shops.

waiting for your reply,

SBPS Iyer.

Edited by simrat, Apr 23 2012, 7:57pm :