Hacking into a spam network was a means by which researchers could detail how email generates capital. It may be surprising how much email a spammer needs to convert a sale:

“Spammers are turning a profit despite only getting one response for every 12.5m e-mails they send, finds a study.

…The analysis suggests that such a tiny response rate means a big spam operation can turn over millions of pounds in profit every year.”

link: Study shows how spammers cash in

The amount of spam that contaminates the internet and wastes people’s time is simply enormous. What one spam network would consider to be a good day’s profit may be hundreds of million spam emails. Perhaps there will be that tipping point where it takes so many billions of spam mailing to generate a sale that it will simply not be worth the effort to send junk mail. At least that is what one theory says. What all security people agree upon is ‘stop buying from spam mail!‘.

Catherine Forsythe