The world’s oldest civilisation has become the world’s top source of junk mail.
A report by Kaspersky Lab claims that spammers have made use of lax laws and absent policing to turn the country into the world’s spam hub.
Kaspersky says more spam was sent from the south Asian giant than anywhere else in the world in the third quarter of the year.
The report said that 79.8 percent of email traffic was junk. Of that, 14.8 percent originated in India, 10.6 percent came from Indonesia, and 9.7 percent from Brazil.
Spam engineer Darya Gudkova said there was a growing trend for spam to be sent from computers in Asia and Latin America.
India is one of the best places for a spammer to set up thanks to the lack of awareness about internet security and anti-spam laws, which had effectively given spammers free reign.
Apparently the spammers all outsourced their operations there when other countries cracked down on the practice.
The Indians actually wrote the Information Technology Act in 2000 which was supposed to deal with spammers but no one has been convicted under it.
India is a pretty good place for a spammer to set up anyway. It has 112 million internet users, the third largest number in the world after China and the United States. This means that you have a good local market to target even before you have a crack at the Europeans and US.
Gudkova said that Internet hygiene from the use of anti-virus software or “strong” passwords is poor among individuals, companies and even the government.
Kaspersky’s Gudkova told AFP that this lack of awareness in India meant that for cyber criminals, it is much easier to make botnets.