India ranked 6th largest source of world’s spam

Adith Charlie Mumbai | Updated on December 02, 2014 Published on December 02, 2014

India may no longer be the world’s top sender of unwanted emails, but it still has the dubious distinction of being the sixth largest source of spam globally, a new study by Kaspersky Lab indicates.

Two topics

Apple’s iPhone 6 launch along with the Ice Bucket Challenge initiative were two main topics used by spammers to promote junk mailings in the quarter ended September 30.

“Spammers are becoming more intelligent in masking their messages under the garb of offering something genuine to the recipients – be it offering iPhone 6 or offerings to conduct marketing campaign that will develop business and attract new clients. Internet users in India should start taking their digital security seriously,” Altaf Halde, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab – South Asia said in a press statement.

Industry watchers believe that lax cyber laws encourage spammers to route operations through India.

In January, February and March of 2012, Kaspersky had found India to be the top spam producer.

Top 3 nations

The US (14 per cent), Russia (6.1 per cent) and Vietnam (6 per cent) were the three biggest sources of spam in the quarter gone by, it said.

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Published on December 02, 2014
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