Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Web spam neighbourhoods identified

18 March 2013, 17:20

Nairobi - The majority of the world's spam is confined to a minority of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), a survey has found.

The survey found that 50% of spam, or unsolicited mail was confined to only 20 ISPs, the BBC reported.

The large scale survey was done by Giovane Cesar Moreira Moura who found that some internet areas represented a particular risk for users as sources of malicious mail.

India, Vietnam and Brazil were singled out as dangerous areas for spam, but unmatched by Spectranet in Nigeria.

Around 62% of the addresses controlled by that ISP were found to be sending spam.

The study, which examined 42 201 ISPs, did not imply that the network was a direct indicator of the source of spam as cyber criminals can route malicious mail through compromised computers and even company networks.

Spam was on a declining trend at the end of 2012, a security company said.

Social networks

"In the last month, we saw a further reduction in the amount of spam found in e-mail traffic - its share was down 3.4 percentage points, and fell to its lowest point since the start of the year - 73.8%," Kaspersky Lab told News24 last year.

Cyber criminals generally shift their methods of attack to platforms that become more popular with users.

In that sense, social networks are becoming targets of criminals, especially as the apparent social connections between users could lead to the theft of personal information.

"Social networks are not immune to spamming tactics; you see it also on forums on the internet. People are discussing a certain topic and suddenly there's a completely unrelated comment with an advert," managing director of BulkSMS.com Dr Pieter Streicher recently told News24.

Spam remains that most pressing concern of PC with about 68% more concerned about unsolicited mail that PC virus infection, a survey conducted by O+K Research found.

According to Technology Banker, cyber crime in SA cost R2.65bn, but 75% was recovered, bringing losses in 2012 to R662.5m.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...