Top 10 Most Spammed States in the US

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Symantec’s MessageLabs revealed a list of the most spammed states in the US today, with some somewhat surprising results. And the award for state that receives the most spam is…Idaho.

According to MessageLabs, Idaho is the spam capital of the US with 93.8% spam, far exceeding the global spam rate for September of 86.4%. MessageLabs says Idaho has jumped 43 spots since 2008, when it was ranked the 44th most spammed state. According to the security firm, the jump can be attributed to "the resilient and aggressive" botnet market, as well as a higher volume of global spam since he beginning of the credit crisis in late 2008.

Here’s a look at the top ten:

1. Idaho
2. Kentucky
3. New Jersey
4. Alabama
5. Illinois
6. Indiana
7. Massachusetts
8. Pennsylvania
9. Arizona
10. Maryland.

I have to say that based on the incredible amount of spam I receive in my inbox on a daily basis, I am not entirely surprised that our state of Kentucky is high on the list.

MessageLabs - Most Spammed States in the US

"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."

MessageLabs says there currently between 4 and 6 million computers across the globe that have been compromised to form botnets, which send the majority of spam. These are used by cybercriminals to send out over 87% of all spam, which equates to about 151 billion emails every day.

So who’s not getting very much spam?

States mentioned as having the least amount of spam include Montana, Alaska, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Florida. Puerto Rico gets below the average global spam level.

Top 10 Most Spammed States in the US
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  • http://www.controldatainc.com collection agencies

    Years ago they didnt have the spam problem that they have today. Its gonig to continue to grow into a bigger problem. On a different subject I see the same thing happening on social media sites like twitter. As these sites fill up with spam and nothing but advertisments consumers will get less value from them and not use them as much.

  • Mary

    I don’t see a problem at all. Use e-mail filters and live happily..

  • http://www.bestvibes.ca Sex Shop Sally

    I am probably just lacking in the knowledge as to how spam is sent out…but to me… dividing spam up by state is pretty useless information unless you can actually send out junk mail by state…! I mean I want to know why the state receives more junk mail… are they using a certain cable company with less junk mail filters… are they targeted because they are richer than other folks…are more of them per capita online? do more people in these states have common last names or something that the junk senders are able to manipulate to get it to them…there must be an actual reason for these states getting more junk mail.. even a simle reason like something that Idaho signs up for that other states do not that nets them more junk mail like idaho potato magazine online?

    • http://morganservice.net Don Morgan

      Why do these states get more spam? Good question Sally.

  • bernard

    It might be reading to much into it. Someone had to be first and Idaho just won. I wrote a study of this affect here


  • http://www.uktraining-courses.com/ handyman

    Well asked sex shop sally. I don’t know how they can attribute states to levels of spam received/sent.

  • voicelogic.com

    Likely SMS texting will be the next “spam” arena, and users will need to spam filter their txt messages too.

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