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Spam, a major concern for Asian companies
Category : General 29 May 2010 12:22 PM | Industry News
E-mail spam is a subset of spam that involves sending nearly identical messages to thousands (or millions) of recipients. Perpetrators of such spam ("spammers") often harvest addresses of prospective recipients from Usenet postings or from web pages, obtain them from databases, or simply guess them by using common names and domains. By popular definition, spam occurs without the permission of the recipients.
The current data breach landscape is characterized by a growing number of threats targeting confidential corporate information. In 2008, 90% of company attacks were driven by organist crime, going after information that will bring financial gains, such as customer database, credit card credentials, bank account information and intellectual property.
The proportion of global spam that comes from Africa overall has increased to 3 percent of global spam in May 2010 from just under two percent in April 2009, reflecting an extra 1.2 billion spam emails being sent from Africa daily compared to one year ago.
While historically countries not in the eastern portion of the continent have sent the majority of spam from Africa, this output has shifted east over the past year. The proportion of spam coming from the rest of Africa has decreased from 86 percent to 80 percent while that coming from countries located in the eastern region has increased from 13 percent to 19 percent. This rise originated most notably from Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda where spam output has increased to 7.2, 6.3 and 5.7 times respectively the amount that was being sent one year ago.
Compared to two years back, when spam rate was around 5%, Asia has seen a steep jump on the rate of spam inflow. Crossing all its counterparts, the region is inviting around 91% spam.
Globally, there are about 200 billion e-mail messages sent daily, with spam or phishing e-mail accounting for up to 90 percent. As e-mail volumes are expected to reach 500 billion within the next five years, the number of malicious e-mail messages will continue to increase.