Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About Itby Published 24 Feb 2015
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Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. And just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning—from implantable medical devices to drones and 3-D printers, all of which can be hacked, with disastrous consequences.
With explosive insights based on a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, leading authority on global security Marc Goodman takes readers on a vivid journey through the darkest recesses of the Internet. He explores how bad actors are primed to hijack the technologies of tomorrow. Provocative, thrilling, and ultimately empowering, Future Crimes will serve as an urgent call to action that shows how we can take back control of our own devices and harness technology’s tremendous power for the betterment of humanity—before it’s too late.
"Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It" Reviews
Muito redundante até chegar nos firmes futuros de fato. Boas ideias e uma boa explicação sobre para onde a tecnologia caminha, mas com floreios e bastante sensacionalismo. Entendo que o autor precisa vender a ideia do livro, de que precisamos nos preocupar com as possibilidades de crimes que as tecnologias criam, mas achei muito exagerado. E não vi nada de tão novo e surpreendente que livros como Data and Goliath, 4th Revolution ou mesmo Homo Deus não tenham discutido.
After reading this book you might be forgiven for disconnecting from the Internet, smashing your smartphone into little pieces and heading for the hills to live a much simpler, disconnected life. Hopefully, with a bit of reflection, you might not take such drastic action but you will be inspired to modify your online behaviour and encourage your friends and colleagues to do likewise.
This is a really and truly depressing read, yet the author makes it incredibly interesting and you have to pinch yourself that this isn’t a fiction book that has gone just a bit too far. You can feel giddy trying to keep up with the sheer diversity of online crimes, whether they are hackers wiping a lifetime of irreplaceable pictures of someone’s child just for kicks or state-sponsored organisations hacking into a system to gain commercial information or a military advantage.
The author has no need to over-egg the pudding either and make things up. The sheer facts and statistics do this and much more besides. Remember, these are only the events that have come to light! So much more is hidden, whether as an attempt to protect a company’s reputation or, perhaps more alarmingly, because nobody knows… not even the victim. This reviewer had to read this part of the book several times for the sheer scale of matters to sink in: “The landmark survey carried out by Verizon business services, working in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, the Dutch National Police and the U.K. Police Central E-crimes Unit, reported that on average 62% of the intrusions against business took at least two months to detect. A similar study by Trustwave Holdings revealed that the average time from the initial breach of a company’s network until discovery of the intrusion was an alarming 210 days. That’s nearly seven months for an attacker—whether organized crime, the competition, or a foreign government—to creep around unfettered in a corporate network stealing secrets, gaining competitive intelligence, breaching financial systems, and pilfering customers’ personally identifiable information, such as their credit card numbers.”
This is staggering, mind blowing and alarming. Yet this subject is something this reviewer has a more than passing interest in following so it is not entirely unchartered territory. A lot of these crimes start from a relatively “small” thing. A compromised password, an insecure computer system or even a user clicking on an “innocent-looking” link or attachment. Then the rest is history… Sometimes the intrusion is to steal information, other times it is just to “vandalise” the system and create mayhem or for a joke.
Can it get worse? Most people suspect some of the bigger companies are trying it on. What’s the limit?
“Google too has demonstrated its penchant for ridiculous ToS. For example, anybody who uses Google Docs or happens to upload a spreadsheet, PDF, or Word document to Google Drive automatically grants ownership of the document to Google,” writes the author, suggesting that if J. K. Rowling had written Harry Potter in Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word, she would have granted Google the worldwide rights to her work! That would be an expensive free service, wouldn’t it? Of course, there’s no suggestion that Google intends to enforce these rights and defenders suggest “technical reasons” for such language. But why not rule out in plain language such clear unintended uses?
Page after page your jaw will drop. You will be shocked, amazed, saddened, depressed and confounded. You should buy this book but maybe you might start to fear buying it online. For now, at least, there are physical bookstores although even they will be tracking what you are doing…
There’s not a lot more to say. Buy this book and devour it! You’ll wish you hadn’t had to but you will be better informed and rather annoyed at the end of it.
Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, written by Marc Goodman and published by Doubleday Books. ISBN 9780385539005, 464 pages. YYYYY
I wasn't sure if I would make it through this six hundred page technological "thriller" borrowed from my brother-in-law who works in IT security. I'm sure he would understand a lot more of it than I did.
Future Crimes gives the lay reader a glimpse into the criminal world of the dark net. It is unbelievable that the internet that we see and use everyday is just a tiny proportion of what is out there. Even more shocking is that cyber criminals have set up sites similar to Ebay and Amazon where they offer criminal services ranging from child porn to drugs, and guns to hacking.
Worryingly, the author, who clearly has inside knowledge, claims that the authorities are always lagging behind in the race to identify security threats. It makes sense due to their hands being tied by bureaucracy and regulation that criminals obviously ignore. The author documents numerous case details of crime and cyber attacks all of which turn this possibly mundane subject matter into a page turner.
The author exposes our own lackadaisical attitudes towards online security pointing out that the majority of people still use 123456 or password as their password and that over 50% of people use the same password across all of their sites. He warns that our household gadgets will soon be so interconnected that they will control us and actually be spying on us and reporting back. Before you think this is the stuff of conspiracy theories, he provides real life examples of where this has actually happened and is happening including the inside stories for many of the recent cyber attacks that we have seen in the media.
I read the first two thirds of this book a few months ago and have just finished it, therefore I can't comment extensively on the language although I think I recall a few swear words but not a lot. There are also some details of some of the crimes which may cause some readers to become afraid of the dangers of an attack or worried about where things are heading.
I'm surprised that I found a book probably written for computer nerds fascinating, but it's true. The only annoying thing is that the author used the word EXPONENTIALLY about a thousand times. It was as common as a regular author would use "that" or "this." How a decent editor didn't pick this up I don't know but I'm sure other readers will have noticed it. It's irritating.
If I was a non-Christian, this book would definitely make me paranoid and I would start to feel as if the threats are impossible and that everything is heading for a big final conclusion resulting in the end of the world. As a Christian, I know that that is what will happen in the end when Jesus returns and that maybe God will choose to use the downfall of our technological systems to accomplish His purposes. As Christians we have nothing to fear from Future Crimes--we need to reassure others and help them find true eternal security rather than temporary online security which has limited value....
I was lucky enough to see an early draft copy of the chapter on robotics, but I have just finished the pre-release version of the book, and it is excellent. Having seen him speak several times at Singularity University and TED, I have always been impressed by Goodman's broad base of knowledge. I consider myself pretty well-informed about technology, and I am blown away by how the book explains how the seedier elements of society have and will use technology to do the bad stuff they do.
One of the things that makes the book an engaging read is that Goodman is an excellent storyteller with a good sense of humour. Each chapter contains real-life stories that illustrate and really drive home the points he is making. The book is simultaneously informative, horrifying, and uplifting.
Hearing about how technology can be and has been misused is edifying and interesting, but perhaps the best part of the book is that Goodman offers solutions, from recommended policy changes to a list of things you can do on your own computer to protect yourself from the less ethical elements of society. At the end of this book, I felt very much like I did at the end of An Inconvenient Truth: Yes, things could get bad, but we can fix it, and now I know how.
Highly recommended. Future Crimes is basically An Inconvenient Truth for technology, with the same exhaustive analysis and the same exceptionally useful suggestions for how to fix the problems it details.
من الكتب اللى غيرت نظرتى لامور كتير
الكتاب اسمه جرائم المستقبل، كل شئ متصل، الجميع معرض للخطر، و ماذا يمكن ان نفعل حيال ذلك
الكتاب منقسم لثلاثة اجزاء
الجزء الاول عن الجرائم الالكترونية اللى بتحصل دلوقتى و مدى تاثيرها على العالم
الجزء التانى عن مستقبل الجريمة و المصايب اللى ممكن تنقلها التكنولوجيا للبشرية اذا ما اتعاملناش معاها صح
الجزء التالت حلول عملية ممكن تتطبق على المستوى الفردى و الجماعى
كمية المعلومات اللى جمعها الكاتب مهولة
و يمكن ده كان سبب وقوعه فى بعض الاخطاء زى كلامه عن dread pirate roberts
اللى كان يفتقد الى حد ما للدقة
لكن الكتاب بصفة عامة لازم يتقرى سواء بالنسبة للشخص المتخصص او الانسان العادى اللى ما عندوش خبرة بالتكنولوجيا
الكتاب مش مترجم عربى لان ما عندناش مترجمين ولا قراء مهتمين مع الاسف