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India struggling to cope with spams: Report

According to an e-mail security company MessageLabs, 91 per cent of e-mail traffic sent to Indian PC users is spam.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 19:30 IST
Nabanita Sircar
Nabanita Sircar

India's rapidly growing IT industry has left the country's PC users struggling to cope with very high levels of spam, according to a report released Wednesday.

The biggest producer of spam is the US.

91 per cent of e-mail traffic sent to Indian PC users is spam, according to e-mail security company MessageLabs, which warned that the rate of technological advancement has outstripped growth in security awareness.

Paul Wood, security analyst at MessageLabs said, "There is booming technology in India, but it has been suggested there is little thought for security, which creates a market to exploit that."

According to the report the majority of junk e-mail still comes from the US, or is generated by American spammers who have moved their operations abroad. Wood said, "American companies use host services in other countries with laxer spam laws - perhaps a server farm in South America or an ISP in China. Communications between the spammer and the server can be encrypted, so the provider may not know what the server is being used for."

The MessageLabs Intelligence Report for February also found that the United Arab Emirates had the highest rate of virus transmission, with one virus received per 13.9 e-mails. "This could be collateral damage of a large viral outbreak local to the region," said Wood.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 19:30 IST

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