India generates largest amount of spam in the world: Kaspersky Lab

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This year (till April), India generated the maximum amount of spam in the world. Spam from India amounted to 11.2 percent of all the spam generated around the world. USA generated 8.5 percent and Vietnam 7.1 percent. This data comes from a research conducted by Kaspersky Lab.

The deluge of spam from India has not only increased worries for national cyber crime, but has also sent the city cyber crime department in a tizzy to  identify which ports are used to spread the spam across the world.

As per the April 2012 report, “The percentage of spam in email traffic was up by 2.2 points from March and averaged by 77.2 per cent globally. In April, malicious files were found in 2.8 per cent of all emails. Over 20 per cent of phishing  attacks targeted Facebook  users.”

Further, new tricks were spotted in these spams.

“Spammers who spread malicious code and phishing emails are still looking for best alternates to reach computer users. Malicious spam is developing quickly, and such users are systematically adding to their arsenal of tricks, with technical innovations and new methods of social  engineering,” the report  highlighted.

The report further stated, “In April, we detected a spam that looked like a typical malicious mass mail designed to look like a Facebook notification. The email, allegedly from the social network, announced a new friend  request. If the users clicked on any of the links, they would be taken to a website infected with malicious code. However, the links in  the emails did not take users to hacked domains or to sites registered in the .in or domains, but to pages on Wikipedia and Amazon.”

“Internet censorship is needed because of the increase in cyber crime in the country,” said a senior official from the National CyberSecurity Team.

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