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India Ranks Among World’s Top Spam Centers

Mar. 29 – After analyzing more than five million email messages sent from over one million IP addresses since the beginning of 2010, Panda Security came out last week with a ranking of the world’s top spammers by country and city. India was ranked second as a country, with New Delhi and Mumbai ranking among the world’s top 10 spam origins by city.

The top five countries were Brazil, India, South Korea, Vietnam, and the United States, with China coming in at number 11. The top five cities were Seoul, Hanoi, New Delhi, Bogotá, and São Paulo, with Mumbai coming in at 6th and Beijing ranking 14th.

The January and February rankings by country look like this:

The January and February rankings by city look like this:

Spam is used primarily as a marketing tool for illicit products using social engineering techniques such as the promise of videos or pictures of exotic women, according to Panda Security’s report. The internet security company recorded approximately 550,000 spam messages originating from India over the last two months.

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3 Responses to India Ranks Among World’s Top Spam Centers

  1. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    That’s not good but dcoesn’t actually surprise me given the huge numbers of English speakers there.

  2. AIR says:

    Add SMS spam for power saving devices, 3 BHK flats and investments, and Delhi would be no.1 by a large, large margin.

  3. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    China has a lot of SMS spams. Including, outragously given China Mobicom is a state owned company, adverts for false VAT receipts and dubious massage parlours. I get about ten spam SMS in China a day just asking if I want to sell my apartment. They sell their phone subscriber numbers to cold call companies. I have an Indian mobile too, but it doesn’t get the same level of abuse in cold calls and spam SMS’s. Yet.

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