Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About Itby Published 24 Feb 2015
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One of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.
Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. Hackers can activate baby monitors to spy on families, thieves are analyzing social media posts to plot home invasions, and stalkers are exploiting the GPS on smart phones to track their victims’ every move. We all know today’s criminals can steal identities, drain online bank accounts, and wipe out computer servers, but that’s just the beginning. To date, no computer has been created that could not be hacked—a sobering fact given our radical dependence on these machines for everything from our nation’s power grid to air traffic control to financial services.
Yet, as ubiquitous as technology seems today, just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning. If today’s Internet is the size of a golf ball, tomorrow’s will be the size of the sun. Welcome to the Internet of Things, a living, breathing, global information grid where every physical object will be online. But with greater connections come greater risks. Implantable medical devices such as pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity and a car’s brakes can be disabled at high speed from miles away. Meanwhile, 3-D printers can produce AK-47s, bioterrorists can download the recipe for Spanish flu, and cartels are using fleets of drones to ferry drugs across borders.
With explosive insights based upon a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, Marc Goodman takes readers on a vivid journey through the darkest recesses of the Internet. Reading like science fiction, but based in science fact, Future Crimes explores how bad actors are primed to hijack the technologies of tomorrow, including robotics, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. These fields hold the power to create a world of unprecedented abundance and prosperity. But the technological bedrock upon which we are building our common future is deeply unstable and, like a house of cards, can come crashing down at any moment.
Future Crimes provides a mind-blowing glimpse into the dark side of technological innovation and the unintended consequences of our connected world. Goodman offers a way out with clear steps we must take to survive the progress unfolding before us. Provocative, thrilling, and ultimately empowering, Future Crimes will serve as an urgent call to action that shows how we can take back control over our own devices and harness technology’s tremendous power for the betterment of humanity—before it’s too late.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It" Reviews
Future Crimes: Everyone Is Vulnerable And What We Can Do About Its by Marc Goodman is an amazingly well researched book about cybercrime. He was only 28 and an investigative sergeant in LAPD when he was asked if he knew how to use Word Spell. That was in 1995. He did and he got the job for investing computer crime. That was the birth of computer crime with pages and cell phone now it has grown into a huge industry. And it is going to get worse. Plenty of research has gone into this book and none of it is boring. So even though it is a long book, you will be entranced until the end.
This book covers more venues of computer crime than I ever imagined. Goodman takes us into the underworld of the Internet. This is the world of underground crime. Why are we so vulnerable? Why are we so trusting? This book is frightening because is telling the reality of the new world. If you get scared reading through all the avenues of computer crime, just hang around until you get to the last two chapters. That one will give you and businesses ways to prevent fraud and increase protection.
Password safety, many people use the same password for many accounts? What if you did and someone hacked you Facebook account, then with the additional information on your profile they can get into your bank account, credit cards and more.
There is a paradox about the computer, even though it is extremely helpful, it can be dangerous when the wrong people use it for their gain. In the last two chapters, the author explored what can be done to make us safer and how we can use computers to help mankind.
In the last two chapters, the author explored what can be done to make us safer and how we can use computers to help mankind.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the hazards of cyberspace and also how to protect themselves from them.
I received an Advance Reading Copy from Vine Amazon but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review.
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....
Unnecessary exaggerated and lots of ideas based on speculation, not facts.
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.
Stages of reading "Future Crimes..." by Marc Goodman:
(1) Wow, this is fascinating material. I am scared of the Internet and the power Internet companies have over me.
(2) I should tell people to read this book, especially my parents.
(3) No. I will definitely not tell my parents. It will scare them into hopeless fear, which might be worse than the small chance of a hack.
(4) Ok, some good examples here.
(5) Hmm ... didn't he already make this point?
(7) I'm getting bored. This book is incredibly repetitive.
(8) That's a smart example!
(9) Oh, God, I have 400 pages left?
... The book is good, the material is smart, but he is in desperate need of an editor. This could have been a 5-star 250 page book. Instead, it is a high 3 star 500 page book.