Most Email Spams are Sent Out by These Countries

By Sidharth | Internet

Do you ever take some time out of your busy schedule to find out why someone sends you a spam email? Probably some of us may do that, but a majority of us do not care. But have you ever wondered from do we get these spam messages?

Computer receiving spam emails

A US-based firm focused on IT security has published a report revealing countries that send spam emails on a regular basis. Among the top twelve spam-sending countries, only one country was able to score a double-digit percentage — the rest of the countries had a spam level of below 10%.

King of Spam

Around 16.1 percent of total spams originate from India, reports Sophos. The country has already steered its way past US to become the world’s top spamming country.

The report also reveals that one out of six spam messages come from India — that is, at least 15% of the total spams are sent out from Indian computers. Next is Italy, holding second position with 9.4% spam. USA, however, has dropped to third position with a reasonable 6.5 percent spam.

Spam-sending Battle Between Countries

Sophos is known to publish spam reports every quarter. Last time we checked, only 9% of spams came from India. In Q3, however, the numbers have almost doubled. Percentage-wise, we can draw conclusions that India sends nearly three times the spams than USA. How? Why?

Companies scraping email addresses, storing them in a database and then selling the whole database — for a price, of course — to other companies is very common in India. Probably this is the season where spam messages are blasted out. But that’s just one of the many reasons why India has topped the charts. Another legitimate reason, as pointed out by the IT security firm, is as follows:

Number of PCs in India are harbouring malware infections that turn PCs into spam-spitting zombie slaves, controlled by the cybercriminals who make money by punting junk emails to promote questionable goods, or simply use malicious spam to infect more computers.

The authorities in India need to make IT security education a priority. One would be safe to assume that, if computer users in the country are being targeted in order to relay spam, they are likely victims of other online threats such as fraud.

Here are the list of countries ranked based on the amount of spams sent:

  1. India: 16.1 percent
  2. Italy: 9.4 percent
  3. US: 6.5 percent
  4. Saudi Arabia: 5.1 percent
  5. Brazil: 4.0 percent
  6. Turkey: 3.8 percent
  7. France: 3.7 percent
  8. South Korea: 3.6 percent
  9. Vietnam: 3.4 percent
  10. China: 3.1 percent
  11. Germany: 2.7 percent
  12. United Kingdom: 2.1 percent
  13. Other: 36.5 percent

Asia contributes almost half of the global spams that are sent out everyday. Continent-wise, here’s the complete list: Asia (48.7 percent), Europe (28.2 percent), South America (10.2 percent), North America (9.5 percent), Africa (2.9 percent) and Other/Unclassified (0.5 percent).

Do you receive spam messages?

Don’t say no — say yes, I receive spams, and we all do. However, most of the spams targeted to us end up sitting in the spam folder. Email providers like Gmail are pretty good at spam filtering while Yahoo — only sometimes — fails to detect a spam email.

Simply hit the “Mark as Spam” button to avoid spams infiltrating your email inbox. I have personally found Gmail’s priority inbox unbelievably useful to read important emails, and avoid all the junk emails that regularly travel into my inbox.

How do you deal with spams everyday? Do you delete them? Let me know through your comments below!

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!