According to findings from Symantec's MessageLabs, Idaho tops the list of the most-spammed U.S. states. MessageLabs researchers say states with higher concentrations of small and midsize businesses generally fare the worst when it comes to spam.
being No. 1 isn't all it's cracked up to be. In this case, Idaho
is No. 1 in spam.
to a report from Symantec's
MessageLabs, Idaho tops the
list of states receiving the most spam
in September. It's quite a reversal
for the state, which in 2008 ranked 44th in spam volume. Today, its spam rate stands
at 93.8 percent of all e-mail traffic. This compared to the global spam rate of
in second and third are Kentucky
and New Jersey, with spam rates
of 93 and 92.8 percent, respectively. Ironically, like Idaho,
those two states were among the least spammed states previously. This year,
territory with the lowest spam rate is Puerto Rico,
coming in with a rate of 83.1 percent.
areas hardest hit by spam are typically those with a higher density of small
and midsize businesses. Likewise, the least-spammed areas are those with higher
concentrations of large businesses.
in 2009, Symantec released a survey of 1,425 businesses around the globe that
SMBs lack clearly defined security and storage goals.
According to the
survey, nearly 60 percent had not implemented endpoint protection, and 42
percent had no anti-spam solution.
of the high spam levels seen across the [United
States] 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," MessageLabs
Intelligence Senior Analyst Paul Wood said in a statement.
At the center of the activity are botnets.
Between 4 million and 6 million computers across the globe are part of the massive
that now send out more than 87 percent of all unsolicited e-mail-roughly
151 billion messages a day.
have taken full advantage of both the economic uncertainty of some and the
trustworthiness of others for their own rewards," Wood continued.
"Automated tools, resilient botnets and targeted spam campaigns are all
part of the spammers' tool kit and they are constantly evolving these
techniques to outsmart any effort to stop them. No state is immune to the
affects of spam."
other most-spammed states are: Alabama
(91.9 percent), Illinois (91.6
percent), Indiana (91 percent), Massachusetts
(90.9 percent), Pennsylvania
(90.5 percent), Arizona (90.4
percent), and Maryland, North
Carolina and New Mexico