India Tops list of Spam relaying countries in 2012

Sophos has published the latest Dirty Dozen of spam-relaying countries, covering the second quarter of 2012. While North America continued to reduce the proportion of spam it relayed by email, Asia increased its output and is now responsible for relaying 49.7% of all spam captured in SophosLabs’s global network of spam traps.

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India accounts for around 6% of Internet users worldwide, still it topped the list by a significant margin and was accountable for 11.4% of the world’s spam seen throughout April, May and June.

Surprisingly, UK has managed to remain out of the top twelve spam-relaying countries for the last four consecutive quarters, having last appeared in April – June 2011.

The US dropped from the top spot of spam-relaying countries to second place in Q1, and has now moved down to fourth place behind India, Italy and South Korea.

Top 12 spam relaying countries for April to June 2012

India: 11.4%
Italy: 7%
South Korea: 6.7%
USA: 6.2%
Vietnam: 5.8%
Brazil: 4.4%
Pakistan: 3.7%
China: 3.2%
France: 3.1%
Russia: 2.9%
Poland: 2.7%
Taiwan: 2.6%
Other: 40.3%

Spam email is currently making up an average of 45–50% of corporate email, which Sophos said is one unwanted, unsolicited message for every important communication. Sophos recommended that organizations and ISPs implement technology and follow best practice to ensure that malicious emails are not reaching inboxes.

Asia increased its level of spam output, and the continent is now responsible for almost half of the world’s spam. Europe is responsible for about a quarter, while North America produced nearly 9%.

Top spam relaying continents for April-June 2012 are:-

Asia 49.7%
Europe 26.4%
South America 11.2%
North America 8.6%
Africa 3.6%
Other 0.5%

This literally transforms to one in every two spam messages originating from Asia which is quite shocking.

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