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India Named Greatest Spam Distributing Country Globally

According to Trend Micro the IT security firm, which published its most recent report for the third quarter, India has a growing Internet base though with that the threats of online hazards are increasing. Apparently, it is now the country affected with the greatest spam distribution, published thehindubusinessline.com in news on December 7, 2011.

Previously during Q1 2011 (January-March 2011), India ranked No.2 on the list of most spam sourced countries, after which it slid to No.3 during Q2 2011 (April-June 2011), and eventually climbing to the highest during Q3 2011 (July-September 2011). Earlier during Q1 and Q2 2011, the top ranks went to USA and South Korea respectively.

Furthermore, the report states that like during Q2 2011, South Korea and India remained among the 3 most spam-distributing nations. Astonishingly though, USA that usually ranked the highest didn't appear among the ten most spam generating nations. India contributed a large 12% to global spam, while South Korea contributed a 9%, according to the report.

In the meantime, the Trend Micro research has received the support of Sachin Pilot Minister of State for IT and Communications in India. Lately, in an address to the Lok Sabha and in response to a query, he reflected on the international reports that stated about 75%-80% of total e-mail around the globe during 2011 being spam. Of that, India contributed approximately 5%-6% of the total, he cited, as per The Times of India news published on December 7, 2011.

The minister, in addition stated that although there had been no survey by the government of India on Internet misuse, different international organizations had issued reports regarding online safety covering topics such as e-mail spam.

Later he also indicated, while answering another query that because cyber-space and IT facilitated anonymity without being confined to specific geographical areas, it was possible to reduce spam and associated problems, although not eradicate it wholly.

Mr. Pilot concluded that CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) together with the ISPs and security industry was doing things necessary towards halting "spam bots" across India so as to curtail all possible sources of spam.

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