The BBC updates us on trends in spamming and hacking:
Known as web-phishing, spam directing people to seemingly legitimate sites in order to steal credit card details and other personal information is on the rise.
Both hackers and spammers need networks to distribute their wares and Mr Hockey believes they are increasingly working together to make use of zombie PCs.
Zombie PCs are home computers infected by a trojan horse which effectively opens a backdoor for hackers and spammers to use them as a platform for sending viruses and spam.
“These two camps are likely to be helping to perpetuate the other,” said Mr Hockey.