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A computer screen inbox displaying unsolicited emails known as “spam.”
Emails that notify you that you’ve “won” a lottery you never bought a ticket for, offer you cheap drugs for conditions you don’t suffer from, or propose a hefty commission if you can provide your bank information to help move funds from a war-torn African country probably make up the bulk of the messages you get these days.
Whom do you blame?
The U.S. and India and Russia are still the top three spam producer countries, according to Sophos, a British IT security firm. The U.S. and India alone account for a fifth of spam. And, no we aren’t talking about the canned meat brand “Spam.”
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Spam, the often-maligned classic canned lunch meat made by Hormel Foods, is seen in a grocery store shelf in California.
But while the U.S. share of spam came down a fair bit in January to March from the preceding three months, India’s share has risen slightly.
The report, published on their blog–Naked Security –shows that during the period from January to March 2011, India’s spam-relaying percentage increased to 7.1% from 6.88% in October to December 2010.
In terms of continents, Asia has now edged ahead of Europe, although Asia’s biggest country by population—China—doesn’t feature on the list of top spam-producing countries.
The report said spam was being sent from 229 countries in the first quarter of 2011.
And while spam dipped in the last weeks of 2010—perhaps because spammers too were enjoying the festive spirit around Christmas—Sophos reported that it spiked from early January.
Fuente: India Real Time