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Spam Declining Trend Continued into 2011, Says Cisco

Cisco SIO reports that during August 2010-November 2011, the total e-mail junk declined from over 379bn e-mails to approximately 124bn e-mails daily, published IT News Africa dated January 18, 2012.

Actually prior to 2011, a few cyber-crooks had already begun concentrating on personalized assaults, wherein they utilized their resources for establishing contact with specific officials within different organizations by sending them a spurious e-mail crafted for acquiring data for network login alternatively sensitive details related to other accounts.

Introducing its most recent Annual Security Report 2011, Cisco SIO reveals that cyber-criminals' gain out of conventional bulk e-mail assaults dropped over half from an estimated USD1bn to USD500m between June 2010 and June 2011.

Moreover, by tracing the spam amounts emanating from different countries, Cisco found that India experienced the maximum rate of spam at 13.9% since September 2011. During 2010, it was on No.2 with respect to total spam generation after USA that witnessed its spam-level decline remarkably from 10.1 percent to 3.2 percent over January-September 2011. The U.S. currently is on No.9 with respect to total spam generation globally.

Furthermore, within the 2011 list-of-countries generating the highest spam, Russia came on No.2 at 7.8%. Then on No.3 was Vietnam with fluctuations within 3%-4% during the greater part of 2011, however, spiked to 6% during August 2011 followed with a renewed growth to 8% during September 2011. Eventually the last two countries in the 2011 List of Top 5 spam-generating countries, each with 6% of the entire spam, were the Republic of Korea and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, China that occupied the 7th place, during 2010, remains likewise during 2011 as well. Additionally, Cisco SIO's study discloses that Brazil was host to 4.5% of total spam during September 2011. The country presently is on No.8 amongst the highest spam-generating countries.

One more discovery Cisco made is that from 2010-starting to 2011, security companies and law-enforcement officials worldwide have been in marked collaboration working towards closing down alternatively vigorously restricting a few of the greatest spam-distributing networks-of-bots from operating. Consequently, 'Spamit,' a mighty associate network that distributed spam was shutdown during 2010 when Russian cops strongly condemned its proprietor.

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