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India is Ninth Greatest Spam Generator, Says Secure Computing

Secure Computing, a public firm that provides online security solutions to enterprises, recently released its Internet Threats Report for the 2nd quarter of 2008.

The report revealed that India is among the ten greatest spam-generating countries, being responsible for almost 3% of all spam sent worldwide in the same quarter (Q2 2008).

The report also noted that unsolicited e-mail or spam sent from emerging markets is likely to increase as the concerned nations improve their Internet infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the security specialists said that most of the global spam was distributed from the US during Q2 of 2008, with a 16.56% contribution. However, experts think that developing nations would start leading other countries in spam generation in the near future.

Additionally, the report disclosed that the ten most spam generating countries sent 55% of the global spam in the Q2 of 2008. While the US came first on the list of spammers, Russia with almost half of US spam was at second place. The other nations on the list include Turkey, Italy, Brazil and China, while India occupied the ninth spot.

Secure Computing also draws peoples' attention towards an e-mail attack that sends spam featuring news stories on Angelina Jolie but contains link to malware. On an average, approximately 2.28% of daily global e-mail shows subjects like "Angelina Jolie naked video", "Angelina Jolie naked" and "Angelina Jolie nude movie".

According to Dmitri Alperovitch, Director of intelligence analysis at Secure Computing, the company is observing changes every day in the manner of building new attack vectors by cyber crooks through the deployment of Web malware, spywares, spam and botnets, as reported by CIOL on August 21, 2008.

Further, according to the report, Internet malware are becoming increasingly sophisticated, as users receiving malware are now more aware of what to anticipate. Moreover, users are exercising more caution, which has resulted in the emergence of more deceptive methods to dig out personal data without the user's interaction, the report indicated.

However, ANZ Country Manager Eric Krieger said that the Beijing Olympic has changed spammers' techniques. They are utilizing pop-culture, resulting in a definite growth in spam, as reported by SCMagazine on August 7, 2008.

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