The king of spam

Earlier this week The Register reported that Belarus had been given the unwelcome title of “The World’s King of Spam”.  This came after AppRiver security researchers tracked an average of 12.3 million spam messages per day coming from White Russia, a country hardly known for its internet usage and equates to over 16% of world’s daily spam intake.

Today, we live in a world where phishing emails are a fact of life and ‘spam’ in our inbox is an everyday occurrence.  In fact, around 60% of emails sent in the world are classed by our mail servers as “spam”.  But based on the huge jump in email traffic by almost ten million messages a day since January, Belarus appears to be sending significantly more emails than your average country. In fact as many as 99.99 messages in every hundred are being sent by Belarus and are being labelled as spam.

So what does that mean for your average internet user trying to fight a battle against the cyber criminal?  The good news is that many ISPs apply country IP range filters on inbound traffic.  So unless email addresses are on their white lists, these emails will be captured in a big cyber-fishing net before they ever make it onto the network before potentially creating havoc.

Whilst the sophistication of the cyber criminal has increased over the past few years, so has the ability to detect and mitigate against major threats from email spam and phishing.

Whilst network operators constantly monitor the internet looking for signs of vulnerability or risk, organizations should also be protecting their digital assets with as much care, resources and technology, than they would with traditional assets such as buildings, stock and of course, people.


Written by Stuart Fuller, Director of Commercial Operations and Communications, NetNames

5 May 2013