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79. The New King of Spam

Which country produces the most inbox-clogging email spam?

By Fangfei ShenJanuary 10, 2013 6:00 AM
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India has overtaken the United States as the world’s supreme spewer of spam. Indian computers distribute a sixth of the roughly 100 billion junk emails sent daily, according to an October report by the online security firm Sophos. It attributes India’s rise to a fast-growing population of novice users who unwittingly download viruses that turn computers into zombie spam distributors. Security-awareness campaigns and tighter oversight by Internet service providers helped the U.S. fall to third.

SHARE OF WORLD'S SPAM

 Country 2012

2011

 1. India

 16.1% 8.8%

 2. Italy 9.4% 1.9%

 3. USA 6.5% 11.3%

 4. Saudi Arabia 5.1% N/A

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