India now accounts for just under 10 per cent of the world’s viruses and 7.40 per cent of spam mail, as revealed in our threat analysis for April.

Of course, it’s no surprise that India has become a major player in the cyber crime world, a number of issues have already been identified with the nation’s IT security.

The New York Times recently reported that India is one of the countries that spammers are targeting to help them crack website captcha codes. According to the newspaper, people can make $6 every 15 days doing this work, which may not seem like much, but to students and low-paid workers it can be a valuable extra source of income. To some, the ethics of IT security will be the last thing on their mind.

And yet, India has one of the most sophisticated and fast-growing IT sectors in the world: Gartner forecasts that the IT sector will continue its rapid growth in India and that the IT security market will grow more than 20 per cent in 2010, which may go some way to tightening security.

This is a complex problem, and one that takes into account socio-economic issues as well as security. But unless IT security laws are strengthened, India will still be an attractive base for cyber criminals to launch attacks.