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India Tops the Asian Countries to Relay Spam

According to Trend Micro, India is the leading country among all the Asian countries in generating spam, accounting for over 4% of the entire global spam. It leads other Asian countries like China (3.39%), Republic of Korea (2.57%) and Thailand (2.04%). While Asia contributes 16.57% of the world's total spam, India ranks 7th among the worst spam senders in the world.

Globally, the Russian Federation occupies the top spot on the list of spammers, as they are responsible for over 11% of the entire spam, with the US following it at 9.36%. Trend Micro reports that Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) countries together contributes around 20% of the total spam.

Moreover, security experts at Trend Micro reveal that spam volume from developing markets will keep increasing till appropriate infrastructure for the Internet is deployed. The world's ten highest spam generating countries contribute about 57.4% of the entire global spam.

According to Niraj Kaushik, Country Manager for India & SAARC, Trend Micro, since 2003, the spam volume in India has been constantly increasing, and currently it is more than 80% of the total Internet traffic. Also, the rapid rise in broadband connections along with spam distributing viruses have created a large network of 'zombie' systems on the Internet networks, prepared to serve spammers' malicious purposes, as reported by PCWorld on October 8, 2008.

Moreover, majority of the spam today advertises 'get-rich-quick' plans and similar suspicious products. While spam started off as a minor annoyance that most organizations used to overlook, today, it is a major calamity. Organizations lacking appropriate procedures to check spam are likely to see their productivity and profitability going down.

Further, according to Mr. Kaushik, it is also important to note that spam as well as other malware campaigns are becoming so furious that the conventional signature updates have failed to keep pace with them. As a result, users' computers become more vulnerable to the most recent threats, as reported by TechWhack on October 8, 2008.

Mr. Kaushik, therefore, advises that there is an urgent need for an all-inclusive filtering system comprising signature filters, multi-lingual detection, and statistical analysis to effectively control spam.

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