The world’s top 10 spamming countries account for 55 per cent of the total global spam volume, says Secure Computing, a public company that provides enterprise security solution, in its Internet Threats Report.
Spam is the unwanted e-mail messages that you find in your mail box. It is primarily electronic junk mail sent to your e-mail account or even your cellphone.
Spammers are continuing to use pop culture and current events (US elections, Olympics, etc) to entice end users into responding or clicking on links whose sole purpose is to download malware.
1. United States, 16.56%
The United States is the world’s largest spammer and accounts for more than 16.5 per cent of global spam.
Spam is up 280% from last year (at this time). This year’s peak on spam volume was March 27 at 185 billion spam messages. Since March we have seen spam steadily decrease.
2. Russia, 6.71%
Over 6.7 per cent of global spam emerges from Russia, making it the world’s second largest spammer.
The Secure Research report says that there was a 45 per cent increase in the average number of porn sites found daily since January 2008.
50 pre cent of all Web sites’ content is now in non-English languages, and this too is adding to the growing spam volume.
3. Turkey, 6.51%
Turkey ranks number 3 in the world when it comes to spamming. It accounts for per cent of global spam.
Among the types of spam, male enhancement, product replica, prescription drugs, gambling, pornography, debt job offer, phishing were the major contronutors.
4. Brazil, 5.29%
Brazil, with per cent of global spam, ranks 4th in the world.
Spammers continue to use pop culture and current events like the Olympics or US elections to lure users into responding or clicking on links whose sole purpose is to download malware.
5. Italy, 4.32%
Italy, the world’s 5th largest spammer, accounts for per cent of global spam.
6. China, 3.49%
China ranks 6th among the The world’s top 10 spammers and accounts for per cent of global spam.
7. Great Britain, 3.37%
Great Britain accounts for per cent of global spam and is ranked 7th largest spammer.
8. Colombia, 3.09%
Colombia takes the 8th spot amongst the world’s biggest spammers and accounts for per cent of global spam.
9. India, 2.99%
India is one of the top 10 spammers in the world and it accounts for 2.99 per cent of global spam.
The country is the world’s 9th largest spammer, and as its Internet infrastructure improves with rising prosperity the amount of spam or unsolicited e-mails emerging from India too is likely to multiply.
10. South Korea, 2.87%
South Korea sends slightly less spam than India, but with a contribution of 2.87 per cent to global spam it is the world’s 10th largest spammer.
How to secure yourself from spam
Various methods to save yourself from incoming spam exist. These include: