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Report : India ranks top in spewing spam
Report : India ranks top in spewing spam
By: iMedia News Bureau

According to the report by security firm Sophos, India has emerged as the top spam-spewing nation responsible for relaying one in ten spam e-mails.

About 10 per cent of all junk mail sent across the world emanates from computers based in India. The U.S. stands as the second-largest spam-spewing nation with 8.3 per cent and South Korea with 5.7 per cent. The Sophos report further says India's rapid rise on the spam chart is due to the inexperience of many first-time Internet users.

The quarter's top spam-sending countries were India at 20%, Indonesia at 13%, South Korea at 12% and Russia at 10%.  India relay 9.3% of the world's spam, up from around 8% in 2011. Globally, the spread of spam has evened out compared to last year.

The report states that number of users online is increasing at large along with users possessing unprotected devices without anti virus software. The numbers of targeted attacks have dramatically increased.

"The latest stats show that, as more first-time internet users get online in growing economies, they are not taking measures to block the malware infections that turn their PCs into spam-spewing zombies," said Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos.

Asia has continued to be the top spam-relaying continent for January to March 2012, as it is responsible for 46.7 percent of global junk messages. However, there is a dip from third-quarter 2011 when the region relayed 50.1 percent of global spam.

As India's spam share increases, Sophos also says that overall messages decreased worldwide so far this year. At the same time, that may simply be because of where people are going: social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are now seeing waves of spam as they become more popular.

It was noticed that Cybercriminals are also capitalizing on the growth of Android users who use their smartphones for internet access. In fact, Trend Micro identified approximately 5,000 new malicious Android apps in the first quarter.

Targeted attacks remain a high priority threat that is difficult to defend. These attacks leverage social engineering and malware that exploit vulnerabilities in popular software to slip past traditional defenses.

"Apple surpassed Oracle, Google and Microsoft in reported vulnerabilities, with a total of 91. Oracle came in second, with 78; Google, 73; Microsoft, 43. Apart from posting the highest number of reported vulnerabilities, Apple also issued a record-breaking number of patches last March," the report mentioned.