07 Dec 2011

India official says country is responsible for 5 to 6 percent of spam

While most people have email and internet security to block out spam emails, India's Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot told the Times of India that spam email accounted for 75 to 80 percent of emails in 2011, with 5 to 6 percent coming from India.

Pilot added that these numbers come from international reports and the Indian government has yet to do its own studies regarding the misuse of internet. The news source said these emails come from computers that have been infected with malware or botnets and usually end up trying to sell illegal or counterfeit goods. The emails are usually malicious in nature and should be immediately closed or deleted by anyone who receives one.

This report a CNet report from earlier this year that showed the United States sends out 18.83 percent of the world's spam, with India in second with 6.88 percent and Brazil third with 5.04.

"Following the takedown of the Bredolab network late last year, spam levels started to take a dip," Lance Whitney said on CNet. "Spam also has been in a slump since Christmas as the Rustock spambot, responsible for generating a lot of the world's junk mail, seemed to take some time off for the holidays."