According to a research report titled ‘Dirty Dozen’ by Sophos Labs, India has topped the list of countries relaying spam. As per current statistics, one out of every six junk messages arriving in user’s Inboxes is from India.
A whopping 16.1% of the total global spam mails are arriving from India. India is followed by Italy which contributes to 9.4% of the total spam mails globally. Following the list are USA and Saudi Arabia with 6.5% and 5.1% respectively.
An important point to notes is that the spam does not necessarily arrive directly from Indian computers but rather from the ill protected machines in the sub-continent. Several unprotected computers in India have been turned into spam machines by intruders. So the origin of the spam mails relayed by India can be traced to any part of the world.
The latest Dirty Dozen reports suggest that a significant number of computers in India are harboring malware infections which convert PCs into spam relay stations. These infected PCs are often controlled by cybercriminals who promote questionable goods via junk mails and make money.
Sophos representative Graham Cluley said that Indian authorities should make IT security education a top priority. The problem could be much more lethal than what meets the eye. He added that computer users in the country who are targeted in order to relay spam could also be victims of online fraud.
According to Sophos’ report, 5.3% of global internet users are from India. The country is the world’s 3rd most connected country after China and US. However in India, only 10.2% of the total population has internet connectivity. Sophos points out that this might be the reason for the lack in security measure of the PCs in the country.US had been topping the list of countries relaying spam for several years. India took over its spot during last April.