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The New York Times Best Seller

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest and most innovative adopters of technology, and modern times have led to modern crimes.

Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank accounts, and wiping out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby-cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver lethal jolts, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion.

Meanwhile 3-D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils.

Reading like a sci-fi thriller but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide but, most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats - before it's too late.

©2015 Marc Goodman (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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Thought provoking

This book has changed how I think about the data I produce and the head in the sand naivety with which I have used free apps, websites, etc in the past. I will never submit any personal data on the Internet again.. Oh wait..

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one of the best.

What did you like most about Future Crimes?

a must read or listen put on your bucket list of things to do.

What did you like best about this story?

it made me aware of things i thought i knew but i was wrong GREAT READ.

What about Marc Goodman and Robertson Dean ’s performance did you like?

yes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

all of it

Any additional comments?

is there a film

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Be afraid - be v afraid ...

I am no tech-head - perhaps more a Luddite than anything, but I still wanted to understand the direction of our world today in relation to IT-enabled crimes. And this book gave me the grounding I was seeking. Full of examples, it could serve to terrify given the invisible and latent power of the current day hacker. However, if one risks reading this book, at least the potential of these people begins to hit one's radar and provides an opportunity to put in place some protection. And, one can inform the younger generation who generally seem less guarded about openly sharing their personal information on the WWW. A good read - just be aware the the examples tend to drag on a little towards the end of the book ...

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If you use a computer listen to this.

Often people take online security in the modern world for granted.

This audio book gives a no-holds bared account of what will happen if we all don't act now.

So listen, take not and act now.

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Fascinating and often disturbing

This book is an in depth look at the current state of cyber-security and technological crime more generally, followed by a view into the future of these topics. The author is an (ex?) police officer who is clearly an expert on the topic and has thoroughly researched the material - very little cybercrime related topics remain untouched.

The first half (ish) of the book is taken up with what the state of the art is. This is terrifying and sometimes depressing as the author reels off vulnerability after vulnerability, crime after crime and (in many ways worse) violations by companies and states of people's privacy. I have to say that if you are interested in this topic you will probably know a fair amount of this already, but to have it collected in one place is great and also it's only once you hear it all together that you realise the scale of the challenge facing us.

The second half of the book is the "Future" from the title. Starting with the implications of the Internet of Things, and then moving as far afield as synthetic biology, the author starts to look at what these technologies will do to crime moving forward. This section was interesting for sure, but given that it is essentially futurology a lot of it came off as just science fiction. Of course, how could anyone know? Either way, I was left very much hopeful that people in the right positions of power are paying attention because there is some seriously scary stuff around the corner!

Thoroughly enjoyable, very nasty to contemplate some of it but has left me satisfied for sure.

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Very enlightening

I found this a very interesting read.
Much of what I thought I knew, I now I realize I don't. I will admit that I found it a bit long at 20hrs. Really struggled through the last four hours as I felt he was just trying to drive home his point that he already had many times in the book. None the a great a great read or ... Listen.

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Scary reality of the darknet

This book shows the scary face of the darknet. It is a must read book. Alhough, the reality is really dark and scary most of the time; being aware does help out through our journey on the Internet.

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Good Information to think on

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Good informtation give in a clear and well thought out, covers a lot of things going on in the world with IT and fruad and some plans to deal with it, and things we should all be thinking on,

Good insights on to criminal minds with the new stuff in tech and how it gets used.

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  • 16-04-18

Excellent view into the future

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Indeed very frightening review of current and future technologies and what types of crime will emerge from its use. I disagreed however, with some aspects of the authors belief with respect to software production - clearly the author doesn't really understand how complicated software really is.... but this should not distract from how good this book is, and it is well worth a listen for anyone who works with information systems.

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An insider guide to cybercrime

Marc Goodman is a cybercrime expert who has both assisted organizations such as INTERPOL, NATO and the FBI as well as worked as a street police officer and undercover investigator. This has given him first-hand experience in witnessing and dealing with cyber-crime, an experience that he has used well in “Future Crimes”, a grand tour of the fast developing and evolving world of high-tech crime, primarily cybercrime. Goodman clearly knows his subject – his main thesis being that as technology penetrates ever deeper into our lives, our worlds grow more connected to one another, therefore more dependent on one another, and as a result more vulnerable.
Goodman spells out the field well – as the AI variant of Moore’s law drives exponential growth in the usage of data and tech in our lives, so grows our susceptibility. And it’s not just criminals that are out to exploit – as users most of us have handed over vast reams of data to companies that are using it, for commercial purposes at best, and at worst, are selling personal information to a new breed of intermediaries, “Data brokers”, who then sell on. We are no longer the customers; we are the products as it is information that we hand over that enables the companies to profit. The risks in this are obvious. And with big data, there is also big crime as organized crime looks to fully penetrate this space. The information we leave on social media is prime ground in this regard.
The author is keen to warn particularly of the insecurities in the ubiquitous mobile phone. He also warns that with increasing penetration of the internet of things (IOT), all things are about to become hackable. The mid-section of the book spells out in detail the diverse ways in which tech-related crime is being perpetrated. While fairly exhaustive, it is perhaps a bit too long winded and therefore at times starts feeling a little tedious. Still, the warnings are well intentioned.
In the very useful closing chapters Goodman spells out what can be done to survive technology without shunning it altogether, if that is at all possible! He calls for software companies to be more responsible with the quality of their codes. He also points out that in the mostly free model of internet, the incentives are misaligned as the users are giving away data that they are unable to value, but maybe far better off going for a data retentive and advertising free model by paying a small fee. He also rightly castigates the hard to follow security protocols that most corporate IT departments implement, which perversely raise risks by making users less likely to follow them strictly. And he also calls on governments and industry for more “big thinking” on cyber-security.
All of this is fascinating and educational. But more than anything else, you are guaranteed to think again before using Facebook or Google to log in to another site the next time you are about to do it.

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  • Mervin Pearce
  • 18-02-16

amazing and enlightenment throughout

I am in the security game and this was an education and eye opener as we focus on specialist areas. I will reread this soon.

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  • PJ O'Riordan
  • 20-05-15

Mind blowing reality

Comfortable listening with mind blowing facts. I would recommend this to all who want an understanding of today's technical social world.