Hong Kong Gets the Most Spam

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Hong Kong has become the most spammed country in the world, according to security vendor MessageLabs.

The May 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report noted that spam levels in Hong Kong rose by 2.4 per cent in May to 92.3 per cent, positioning it as the most spammed country. In comparison, the global ratio of spam in e-mail traffic for May was 90.4 per cent (1 in 1.11 e-mails). For the rest of the Asia Pacific, China took second place with 91.1 per cent and Malaysia was third with 89 per cent.

The report also revealed that geographic location determines when people receive spam. According to research conducted over seven days, people living in the Asia-Pacific region start their day with an inbox full of spam and see less trickling in throughout the day. US residents typically see spam peak between 9 and 10 am local time and a drop overnight while Europeans are more likely to receive a steady stream of spam throughout the workday.

Across the world, spam rates dip on the weekend. Typically, Sundays have the lowest rate. In the case of the Asia Pacific, this is can be a drop of 18 per cent over the peak, which is usually mid-week.

Mondays typically starts slow across the globe, mainly due to the time differences but it does seem that even spammers rest on the weekend, indicated the report.

This story, "Hong Kong Gets the Most Spam" was originally published by MIS Asia.

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