1 in 2 spam messages sent from Asia

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Despite only 5.3 percent of the world’s internet users reportedly living in India, the country topped the list by a significant margin and was accountable for 11.4 percent of the world’s spam seen throughout April, May and June. The UK has managed to remain out of the top twelve spam-relaying countries for the last four consecutive quarters, having last appeared in April to June 2011. The US dropped from the top spot of spam-relaying countries to second place in Q1, and has now moved down to fourth place behind India, Italy and South Korea. The top 12 spam-relaying countries for April to June 2012 are as follows:

1.) India 11.4 percent 2.) Italy 7.0 percent 3.) South Korea 6.7 percent 4.) USA 6.2 percent 5.) Vietnam 5.8 percent 6.) Brazil 4.4 percent 7.) Pakistan 3.7 percent 8.) China 3.2 percent 9.) France 3.1 percent 10.) Russia 2.9 percent 11.) Poland 2.7 percent 12.) Taiwan 2.6 percent Other 40.3 percent

“Spam emails make up an average of 45-50 percent of corporate email – that is one unwanted, unsolicited message for every important communication!” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. “We all pay the price: our email systems have to process and deliver the message, and our own time is wasted dealing with the spam email once it is in our inbox.” Asia increased its level of spam output, and the continent is now responsible for almost half of the world’s spam. Europe is responsible for about a quarter, while North America produced nearly 9 percent. Top spam relaying continents for April-June 2012 are as follows:

1.) Asia 49.7 percent 2.) Europe 26.4 percent 3.) South America 11.2 percent 4.) North America 8.6 percent 5.) Africa 3.6 percent Other 0.5 percent

“The chief driver for Asia’s dominance in the spam charts is the sheer number of compromised computers in the continent,” explained Cluley. “Malicious hackers hijack poorly-protected computers, and command them — without their owners realizing — to send out unwanted money-making messages and malicious links.Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that their PC or Mac is properly defended against such attacks. If they take no care over their computers they’re simply adding to the world’s spam problem.”]]>

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