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Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, You’re in the Spam Bulls Eye

image If you live in Idaho, Alabama, or South Carolina, then Symantec Hosted Services, in its just released annual MessageLabs Intelligence special report ranking the most spammed U.S. states and territories, has bad news for you – you’re at the top of the target list for spam in the US.

The report reveals, that these three US states are targeted more often by spammers, leading to spam rates above the national US average of 89.3%. The report doesn’t offer an analysis as to why these three states are at the top of the pile, but I’m certainly curious.

Here’s a recap of the report:

Most spammed states/territories: The top spammed U.S. states are Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, with spam rates above 93 percent, well over the national average of 89.3 percent. These are followed by Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire and North Carolina. Idaho tops the list for the second year in a row as the state/territory with the most spam.

Least spammed states/territories: The least spammed states/territories are Puerto Rico, Montana and Louisiana. Puerto Rico returns as the least spammed for the second consecutive year.

Most spammed U.S. industries: In the U.S., the most spammed industries are engineering, automotive and construction while the least spammed are finance, admin/business support services and public sector.

SMBs receive more spam than enterprises: Areas with greater populations of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) are likely to receive the greatest proportion of spam. Similarly, the least spammed areas are often home to some of the largest companies.

In the report, MessageLabs Intelligence Senior Analyst, Paul Wood, had this to say on the true cost of spam –  “Spam isn’t just a simple annoyance to businesses, but a real threat that can consume resources and put valuable information at risk regardless of location …… even the most intricate scams are now widespread and the sheer size and power of today’s botnets are making possible what was once unthinkable.”

The MessageLabs Intelligence Report provides greater detail on all of the trends and figures noted above, as well as more detailed  global analysis, and tips on how to stamp out spam. The full report is available here.

AboutMessage Labs Intelligence:

Symantec’s Message Labs Intelligence is a respected source of data and analysis for messaging security issues, trends and statistics. MessageLabs Intelligence provides a range of information on global security threats based on live data feeds from our control towers around the world scanning billions of messages each week.

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The State of Spam – Symantec Reveals the Top U.S. Spammed States

Courtesy of MessageLabs

MessageLabs today unveiled a list of the top U.S. spammed states… and the results may surprise you. The spam capital of the US is Idaho with 93.8 percent of spam, far exceeding the global spam rate for September 2009 of 86.4 percent.

Idaho has jumped 43 spots since 2008 when it was ranked the 44th most spammed state. The difference can be attributed to the resilient and aggressive botnet market as well as a higher volume of global spam that has ensued since the beginning of the credit crisis toward the end of 2008.

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There are currently between four million and six million computers scattered across the globe that have been compromised to form the powerful botnets responsible for the majority of spam. They’re used by cybercriminals to send out more than 87% of all unsolicited mail, equating to approximately 151 billion emails a day.

The top spammed U.S. states in order: Idaho, Kentucky, New Jersey, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Maryland.

“Some of the high spam levels seen across the US can be attributed to the economic challenges experienced globally since the end of 2008 as well as Internet advancement including the high adoption of social networking,” said Paul Wood, MessageLabs Intelligence Senior Analyst, Symantec. “Spammers have taken full advantage of both the economic uncertainty of some and the trustworthiness of others for their own rewards. Automated tools, resilient botnets and targeted spam campaigns are all part of the spammers’ toolkit and they are constantly evolving these techniques to outsmart any effort to stop them. No state is immune to the affects of spam.”

The least spammed? The US territory of Puerto Rico, with 83.1 percent of spam (just below  the global average spam level). Puerto Rico retained its status among the least spammed states since 2008. Other states with the least amount of spam: Montana, Alaska, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Florida.

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