Kaspersky sees spam rise 1.1% in February

India remains the top country for spam origination, USA spam percentages steadily rising

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Kaspersky sees spam rise 1.1% in February Kaspersky's Spam report for February 2011 shows a 1.1% increase in global spam. (ITP Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 22, 2011

Kaspersky's spam report for February 2011 has found that unsolicited mail traffic increased by 1.1% as compared to the previous month and reached a total of 78.7% of email traffic.

"Spammers are gradually regaining their position following the closure of major botnets in the second half of last year, and we foresee a return to spam levels of 81-82% by April-May 2011," said Maria Namestnikova, senior spam analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

Malicious files in emails had increased by 0.43 percentage points in February to 3.18% of all emails.

India is still the leading source of spam, with 8.83% of all spam traffic originating in the country. This figure is a 1.02% drop when compared to January.

Russia is the second most popular source of spam, with around 4% of all spam originating there; Brazil rose to third place with an increase of 0.41% in spam traffic originating in the country. Indonesia moved up one place to fourth on the list, newcomer to the top five South Korea climbed six places to claim fifth place following a rise of 1.4 percentage points compared to the previous month.  Italy, meanwhile, dropped to sixth place.

The USA is the eighth biggest source of spam, but there is a gradual increase of spam coming from the country.

Malicious programs in February's ratings fall into two separate categories; the first is mail worms whose primary function is to steal email addresses to continue spreading. Some of these worms also install malicious programs on infected systems.

The second category of malware is programs designed to steal confidential information, primarily of a financial nature.

February's ratings also included a malicious program capable of disabling victim computers and demanding payment to restore access to them.   

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