India witnesses 80 percent increase in spams during festive season

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 October 2008, 04:08 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Mumbai: Marking an 80 percent increase in spam mails during this year's festive season, India has become one of the top ten countries who create most amount of spam mails. India quite often witnesses a growth in spams during festival seasons, reported Financial Chronicle.

U.S. leads the list by creating high percent of spams. The list also includes Turkey, Russia, China, South Korea, Brazil, UK, Germany and Thailand.

"The spams increase three-five times during festive season starting from Halloween till New Year. About 80 percent of emails that is coming to India are spam. The malicious software that gets installed in the end user's computers, typically puts the computer on the network of botnets and makes the computer a zombie," said Abhilash Sonwani, Vice President, product management, Cyberoam, a network solutions provider for businesses.

Among all the people who have access to internet, nearly 78 percent shop online while 84 percent of the online shoppers use credit cards to make transactions, who are at the risk of being potential victims of phishing, frauds and spywares.

A report by Internet and Mobile Association of India foresees that online businesses conducted during Diwali in India are expected to cross the 250 crore mark, almost double when compared to previous year. It is estimated that 85 percent of all the emails originate in the world, are spam.

Assocham statics finds e-shopping as a preferred mode this festive season, as it has already registered a growth of 40 percent and is expected to register a growth of 130 percent. As per Assocham, more than 30 lakh consumers in order to avoid security threats and physical movement will be using internet for-shopping.

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