The rise of computer crime and armed robbery has not eliminated the lure of caged cash.
Not everyone who can manipulate a computer is a hacker, and not every hacker is a computer expert. Hacking is an attitude of exploration. However, real hackers can often use their computer skills and knowledge to take advantage of other people. When hackers want to use their computer skills to steal from other people, they usually engage in some form of identity theft. When hackers want to use their computer skills to bombard people with advertisements for legitimate (and not-so-legitimate) products, they use spam.
Whatever the motivation may be, the end result of identity theft and spam is the ...