India ranks third in list of spam spewing countries

Friday, March 08, 2013
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New Delhi/Washington: India has been ranked third in the list of countries spreading spam across the world.

In a study conducted by a renowned internet security firm Sophos, India took the third spot with about 4.2 percent of world’s spam.

The report tracked the amount of spam e-mails sent between December 2012 and February 2013.

The indexed statistics suggest that India had been leading the way but fell back to third in the later half of 2012. China leapfrogged into second place after a spell in the lower half of the list.

Interestingly, United States has been crowned new spam king of the world, clocking in at 18.3 percent of junk e-mails sent during the research period.

Notably, spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings.

Because the barrier to entry is so low, spammers are numerous, and the volume of unsolicited mail has become very high.
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