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Future Crimes: Inside The Digital Underground and the Battle For Our Connected World by [Goodman, Marc]
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"NEW YORK TIMES "and" WALL STREET JOURNAL" BESTSELLER
AMAZON'S BEST BUSINESS BOOK OF 2015

Addictive....Introduces readers to this brave new world of technology, where robbers have been replaced by hackers, and victims include nearly anyone on the Web...He presents his myriad hard-to-imagine cybercrime examples in the kind of matter-of-fact voice he probably perfected as an investigator. He clearly wants us never to look at our cellphones or Facebook pages in the same way again and in this, "Future Crimes" succeeds marvelously.
"" The"Washington Post"
Excellent and timely...Mr. Goodman is no neo-Luddite. He thinks innovations could ultimately lead to self-healing computer networks that detect hackers and automatically make repairs to shut them out. He rightly urges the private and public sectors to work more closely together, crowdsourcing ideas and know-how The best time to start tackling future crimes is now.
"" "The Economist
""This is a must-read!"
"" ""Larry King
"Future Crimes" is a risk compendium for the Information Age....Exhaustively researched....Fascinating....Thrilling to read
" San Francisco Chronicle"
"In"Future Crimes," Goodmanspills out story after story about how technology has been used for illegal ends...The author ends with a series of recommendations that, while ambitious, appear sensible and constructive...Goodman s most promising idea is the creation of a Manhattan Project for cyber security...["Future Crimes"is]a ride well worth taking if we are to prevent the worst of his predictions from taking shape."
" Financial Times
"
"A superb new book."
""" ""The Boston Globe"
"You couldn't ask for a better [cyber risk] overview than "Future Crimes.""
""" ""Harvard Business Review"
"Marc Goodman is a go-to guide for all who want a good scaring about the dark side of technology."
"New Scientist"
"Utterly fascinating stuff...Goodman weds the joy of geeky technology with the tension of true crime. The future of crime prevention starts here."
NPR, San Francisco
"A well-researched whirlwind tour of internet-based crime."
""" ""Science Magazine"
"By the middle of the first chapter you ll be afraid to turn on your e-reader or laptop, and you ll be looking with deep suspicion at your smartphone...[Goodman's] style is breezy but his approach is relentless, as he leads you from the guts of the Target data breach to the security vulnerabilities in social media...Mr. Goodman argues convincingly that we are addressing exponential growth in risky technologies with thinking that is, at best, incremental.
""" ""Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
OMG, this is a wakeup call. The outlaws are running faster than the architects. Use this book to shake up the companies you buy from, the device makers, telecom carriers, and governments at all levels. Demand that they pay attention to the realities of our new world as outlined within this thorough and deep book. Marc Goodman will startle you with the ingenuity of the bad guys. I'm a technological optimist. Now I am an eyes-wide-open optimist.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of"Wired Magazine" and bestsellingauthor of "What Technology Wants"
"The hacks and heists detailed in "Future Crimes" are the stuff of thrillers, but unfortunately, the world of cybercrime is all too real. There could be no more sure-footed or knowledgeable companion than Marc Goodman on this guided tour of the underworld of the Internet. Everyone and the business world especially should heed his advice.
Daniel H. Pink, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Drive" and "To Sell is Human"
"A riveting read."
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, professor of engineering at NYU and New York Times bestselling author of"The Black Swan""
"
From black ops to rogue bots and everything in between, "Future Crimes" is a gripping must-read.MarcGoodman takes readers on abrilliant, 'behind-the-screens' journey into the hiddenworld of 21stcentury criminal innovation, filled with one mind-bogglingexample after anotherof what s coming next."Future Crimes" raises tough questions about the expanding role oftechnology in our lives and the importance ofmanaging it for the benefit ofall humanity.Even better, Goodmanoffers practical solutions so that we not only survive progress, but thrive toanextent never previously imagined.
PeterH.Diamandis, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Abundance";CEO, XPRIZE Foundation; Exec. Chairman, Singularity University
""Future Crimes" reads like a collection of unusually inventive, terrifying plots conjured up by the world's most ingenious science fiction writer...except that almost every story in this goosebump-raising book is happening all around us right now. It's a masterful page-turner that warns of a hundred worst case scenarios you've never thought of, while also thank goodness offering bold and clever strategies to thwart them."
Jane McGonigal, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Reality is Broken""
"
As Marc Goodman shows in this highly readable book, what is going on in the background of your computer has turned the internet into a fertile ground for massive crime "Future Crimes" has the pace of a sci-fi film, but it s happening now.
" Express UK
"
As new loopholes open up in cyberspace, people inevitably find ways to flow through them. Future-proof yourself by reading this book. No one has a better vantage point than Goodman, and you won't want to touch another keyboard until you know what's in these pages.
David Eagleman, " New York Times"bestselling author of"Incognito"
""Future Crimes" is the Must Read Book of the Year. Endlessly fascinating, genuinely instructive, and truly frightening.Be warned: Once you pick it up, you won't put it down. Super cool and super interesting."
Christopher Reich, "New York Times" bestselling author
Technology has always been a double edged sword fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also burned down our villages. Marc Goodman provides a deeply insightful view into our twenty-first century s fires.His philosophy matches my own: apply the promise of exponentially growing information technologies to overcome age old challenges of humankind while at the same time understand and contain the perils.This book provides a compelling roadmap to do just that.
Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist
Much has been discussed regarding today s cybercrime threats as well as the cybercriminals modus operandi. What is lacking, however, is what we can do about them. Mr. Marc Goodman s book "Future Crimes" brings our global dialogue on safety and security to the next level by exploring how potential criminals are exploiting new and emerging technologies for their nefarious purposes. It provides a futuristic perspective grounded on current case studies. Future Crime is an essential read for law enforcers, corporations and the community alike. It offers answers beyond what comes next to what we can do, both individually and collectively, to secure ourselves and our communities.
Khoo Boon Hui, former President of Interpol
"A tour de force of insight and foresight. Never before has somebody so masterfully researched and presented the frightening extent to which current and emerging technologies are harming national security, putting people s lives at risk, eroding privacy, and even altering our perceptions of reality. "Future Crimes" paints a sobering picture of how rapidly evolving threats to technology can lead to disasters that replicate around the world at machine speed. Goodman clearly demonstrates that we are following a failed cybersecurity strategy that requires new thinking rather than simply more frameworks, more information sharing, and more money. Read this now, and then get angry that we really haven t taken the technology threat seriously. If the right people read Goodman s book and take action, it might just save the world."
Steven Chabinsky, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI s Cyber Division
"As with Naomi Klein s "This Changes Everything "and Robert Whitaker s "Anatomy of an Epidemic," "Future Crimes" deserves a prominent place in our front-line library. Goodman takes us behind the computer screen to a dark world where Crime Inc. flourishes at our expense. When the criminal mind conceives what if it is only a matter of time before its dream becomes our nightmare. Goodman urges us to take responsibility for this new world we are speeding towards. If we don t perhaps the greater crime will be ours."
Ed Burns, co-creator of The Wire
This is a fantastic book and one that should be read by every cyber crime fighter. Technology breeds crime...it always has and always will.Unfortunately, there will always be people willing to use technology in a negative self serving way.Your only defense is the most powerful tool available to you education. Read "Future Crimes" and understand your risks and how to combat them.The question I am most often asked in my lectures is, What s the next big crime? The answer is in this book.
Frank Abagnale, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Catch Me If You Can" and"Stealing Your Life"
"Hacking robots and bad guys using AI and synthetic biology to carry out bad deeds may seem like science fiction, but that is the real world of "Future Crimes" that awaits us.Marc Goodman, one of the world s leading experts on the field, takes the reader on a scary, but eye-opening tour of the next generation nexus of crime, technology, and security."
PW Singer, "New York Times" bestselling author of"Wired for Wa"r
"In this highly readable and exhaustive debut, [Marc Goodman] details the many ways in which hackers, organized criminals, terrorists and rogue governments are exploiting the vulnerability of our increasingly connected society...Goodman suggests solid actions to limit the impact of cybercrimes, ranging from increased technical literacy of the public to a massive government 'Manhattan Project' for cybersecurity to develop strategies against online threats. A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives."
"Kirkus"starred review
"[A] hair-raising exposeof cybercrime...Goodman s breathless but lucid account is good at conveying the potential perils of emerging technologies in layman s terms, and he sprinkles in deft narratives of the heists already enabled by them...A timely wake-up call."
"Publishers Weekly"
""Future Crimes" is required reading for anyone who wants to comprehend the rise of cyber crime in an age of mass surveillance. Goodman goes beyond lurid headlines to explore the implications of technologies that are transforming every industry and society on Earth in the process creating an ocean of real-time personal data plied by businesses, governments, and criminals alike.Far from a screed against tech, Marc Goodman's "Future Crimes" is an eye-opening and urgent call to action to preserve the benefits of our high-tech revolution. "
"" ""Daniel Suarez, "New York Times"bestselling author of "Daemon"
"In the wake of North Korea's cyber-terrorist attack on Sony as well as numerous hacker break-ins throughout the corporate world, it's become increasingly obvious that neither governments nor corporations are prepared for the onslaught of problems...Goodman nails the issue and provides useful input on the changes needed to make our systems and infrastructure more secure."
Inc.com


"

NEW YORK TIMES and WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER

AMAZON'S BEST BUSINESS BOOK OF 2015

Addictive....Introduces readers to this brave new world of technology, where robbers have been replaced by hackers, and victims include nearly anyone on the Web...He presents his myriad hard-to-imagine cybercrime examples in the kind of matter-of-fact voice he probably perfected as an investigator. He clearly wants us never to look at our cellphones or Facebook pages in the same way again and in this, Future Crimes succeeds marvelously.
TheWashington Post
Excellent and timely...Mr. Goodman is no neo-Luddite. He thinks innovations could ultimately lead to self-healing computer networks that detect hackers and automatically make repairs to shut them out. He rightly urges the private and public sectors to work more closely together, crowdsourcing ideas and know-how The best time to start tackling future crimes is now.
The Economist
"This is a must-read!"
Larry King

Future Crimes is a risk compendium for the Information Age....Exhaustively researched....Fascinating....Thrilling to read
San Francisco Chronicle
"InFuture Crimes, Goodmanspills out story after story about how technology has been used for illegal ends...The author ends with a series of recommendations that, while ambitious, appear sensible and constructive...Goodman s most promising idea is the creation of a Manhattan Project for cyber security...[Future Crimesis]a ride well worth taking if we are to prevent the worst of his predictions from taking shape."
Financial Times

"A superb new book."
The Boston Globe
"You couldn't ask for a better [cyber risk] overview than Future Crimes."
Harvard Business Review
"Marc Goodman is a go-to guide for all who want a good scaring about the dark side of technology."
New Scientist
"Utterly fascinating stuff...Goodman weds the joy of geeky technology with the tension of true crime. The future of crime prevention starts here."
NPR, San Francisco
"A well-researched whirlwind tour of internet-based crime."
Science Magazine

"By the middle of the first chapter you ll be afraid to turn on your e-reader or laptop, and you ll be looking with deep suspicion at your smartphone...[Goodman's] style is breezy but his approach is relentless, as he leads you from the guts of the Target data breach to the security vulnerabilities in social media...Mr. Goodman argues convincingly that we are addressing exponential growth in risky technologies with thinking that is, at best, incremental.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
OMG, this is a wakeup call. The outlaws are running faster than the architects. Use this book to shake up the companies you buy from, the device makers, telecom carriers, and governments at all levels. Demand that they pay attention to the realities of our new world as outlined within this thorough and deep book. Marc Goodman will startle you with the ingenuity of the bad guys. I'm a technological optimist. Now I am an eyes-wide-open optimist.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder ofWired Magazine and bestsellingauthor of What Technology Wants
"The hacks and heists detailed in Future Crimes are the stuff of thrillers, but unfortunately, the world of cybercrime is all too real. There could be no more sure-footed or knowledgeable companion than Marc Goodman on this guided tour of the underworld of the Internet. Everyone and the business world especially should heed his advice.
Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human
"A riveting read."
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, professor of engineering at NYU and New York Times bestselling author ofThe Black Swan

From black ops to rogue bots and everything in between, Future Crimes is a gripping must-read.MarcGoodman takes readers on abrilliant, 'behind-the-screens' journey into the hiddenworld of 21stcentury criminal innovation, filled with one mind-bogglingexample after anotherof what s coming next.Future Crimes raises tough questions about the expanding role oftechnology in our lives and the importance ofmanaging it for the benefit ofall humanity.Even better, Goodmanoffers practical solutions so that we not only survive progress, but thrive toanextent never previously imagined.
PeterH.Diamandis, New York Times bestselling author of Abundance;CEO, XPRIZE Foundation; Exec. Chairman, Singularity University
"Future Crimes reads like a collection of unusually inventive, terrifying plots conjured up by the world's most ingenious science fiction writer...except that almost every story in this goosebump-raising book is happening all around us right now. It's a masterful page-turner that warns of a hundred worst case scenarios you've never thought of, while also thank goodness offering bold and clever strategies to thwart them."
Jane McGonigal, New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken

As Marc Goodman shows in this highly readable book, what is going on in the background of your computer has turned the internet into a fertile ground for massive crime Future Crimes has the pace of a sci-fi film, but it s happening now.
Express UK

As new loopholes open up in cyberspace, people inevitably find ways to flow through them. Future-proof yourself by reading this book. No one has a better vantage point than Goodman, and you won't want to touch another keyboard until you know what's in these pages.
David Eagleman, New York Timesbestselling author ofIncognito

"Future Crimes is the Must Read Book of the Year. Endlessly fascinating, genuinely instructive, and truly frightening.Be warned: Once you pick it up, you won't put it down. Super cool and super interesting."
Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author
Technology has always been a double edged sword fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also burned down our villages. Marc Goodman provides a deeply insightful view into our twenty-first century s fires.His philosophy matches my own: apply the promise of exponentially growing information technologies to overcome age old challenges of humankind while at the same time understand and contain the perils.This book provides a compelling roadmap to do just that.
Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist
Much has been discussed regarding today s cybercrime threats as well as the cybercriminals modus operandi. What is lacking, however, is what we can do about them. Mr. Marc Goodman s book Future Crimes brings our global dialogue on safety and security to the next level by exploring how potential criminals are exploiting new and emerging technologies for their nefarious purposes. It provides a futuristic perspective grounded on current case studies. Future Crime is an essential read for law enforcers, corporations and the community alike. It offers answers beyond what comes next to what we can do, both individually and collectively, to secure ourselves and our communities.
Khoo Boon Hui, former President of Interpol
"A tour de force of insight and foresight. Never before has somebody so masterfully researched and presented the frightening extent to which current and emerging technologies are harming national security, putting people s lives at risk, eroding privacy, and even altering our perceptions of reality. Future Crimes paints a sobering picture of how rapidly evolving threats to technology can lead to disasters that replicate around the world at machine speed. Goodman clearly demonstrates that we are following a failed cybersecurity strategy that requires new thinking rather than simply more frameworks, more information sharing, and more money. Read this now, and then get angry that we really haven t taken the technology threat seriously. If the right people read Goodman s book and take action, it might just save the world."
Steven Chabinsky, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI s Cyber Division
"As with Naomi Klein s This Changes Everything and Robert Whitaker s Anatomy of an Epidemic, Future Crimes deserves a prominent place in our front-line library. Goodman takes us behind the computer screen to a dark world where Crime Inc. flourishes at our expense. When the criminal mind conceives what if it is only a matter of time before its dream becomes our nightmare. Goodman urges us to take responsibility for this new world we are speeding towards. If we don t perhaps the greater crime will be ours."
Ed Burns, co-creator of The Wire
This is a fantastic book and one that should be read by every cyber crime fighter. Technology breeds crime...it always has and always will.Unfortunately, there will always be people willing to use technology in a negative self serving way.Your only defense is the most powerful tool available to you education. Read Future Crimes and understand your risks and how to combat them.The question I am most often asked in my lectures is, What s the next big crime? The answer is in this book.
Frank Abagnale, New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can andStealing Your Life
"Hacking robots and bad guys using AI and synthetic biology to carry out bad deeds may seem like science fiction, but that is the real world of Future Crimes that awaits us.Marc Goodman, one of the world s leading experts on the field, takes the reader on a scary, but eye-opening tour of the next generation nexus of crime, technology, and security."
PW Singer, New York Times bestselling author ofWired for War
"In this highly readable and exhaustive debut, [Marc Goodman] details the many ways in which hackers, organized criminals, terrorists and rogue governments are exploiting the vulnerability of our increasingly connected society...Goodman suggests solid actions to limit the impact of cybercrimes, ranging from increased technical literacy of the public to a massive government 'Manhattan Project' for cybersecurity to develop strategies against online threats. A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives."
Kirkusstarred review
"[A] hair-raising exposeof cybercrime...Goodman s breathless but lucid account is good at conveying the potential perils of emerging technologies in layman s terms, and he sprinkles in deft narratives of the heists already enabled by them...A timely wake-up call."
Publishers Weekly
"Future Crimes is required reading for anyone who wants to comprehend the rise of cyber crime in an age of mass surveillance. Goodman goes beyond lurid headlines to explore the implications of technologies that are transforming every industry and society on Earth in the process creating an ocean of real-time personal data plied by businesses, governments, and criminals alike.Far from a screed against tech, Marc Goodman's Future Crimes is an eye-opening and urgent call to action to preserve the benefits of our high-tech revolution. "
Daniel Suarez, New York Timesbestselling author of Daemon

"In the wake of North Korea's cyber-terrorist attack on Sony as well as numerous hacker break-ins throughout the corporate world, it's become increasingly obvious that neither governments nor corporations are prepared for the onslaught of problems...Goodman nails the issue and provides useful input on the changes needed to make our systems and infrastructure more secure."
Inc.com

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From one of the world's leading authorities on global security, Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to illuminate 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 thought possible

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  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (24 Feb. 2015)
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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover
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.
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This has to be a landmark book. The author has acquired a mass of knowledge about recent (2015) technology that is changing so fast that it's a major achievement to just provide a basic overview. His idea is that anything digital (which means almost everything) is easily replicable with the concept of privacy really being an illusion.

He goes at some length into the positive and negative effects of the open information world:

Positive: 1) Academic /corporate/ medical research is greatly enhanced as new international papers and experiments/testing/commentary quickly become available online 2) A much wider information net makes for greater transparency in trade and prices = more efficient markets and production decisions at all levels (e.g. mobile phones in sub-Saharan Africa) 3) Instant information and tracking transforms the supply chain allowing it to spread efficiently around the world (e.g. outsourced Asian production) 4) Latest manufacturing techniques are combined with the lowest cost skilled labour to lower average prices 5) General tracking, counting, checking to reduce waste and loss 6) Concentrated information and processing power allowing a high level of automation further reducing costs.

Negative: 1) Copyright and corporate proprietary information of all kinds is leaked/ stolen reducing the incentive to invest 2) The privacy of legal proceedings, medical records etc. are put at greater risk as information is aggregated, reducing professional trust 3) New outsourcing possibilities build a worldwide supply chains reducing national skills and employment 4) Personal privacy disappears 5) International digital crime flourishes with a slow and ineffective national response. 6) Crime attacks larger targets (e.g. millions of aggregated credit cards).
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Reading this book I started off a little disconcerted, went through scared, and ended on downright terrified. For Future Crimes basically does what it says on the tin: outlines the direction crime will take in the future as it embraces our increasingly interconnected world, robotics, 3D printing and even advances in biology.

A confession of sorts. A long time ago I read for an MSc in Criminology at the LSE in London. It was the late 1990’s and criminologists everywhere were grappling with an odd conundrum: crime was falling, across the board, all over the Western World. Giuliani claimed it was his zero-tolerance policing, perhaps, problem is it wasn’t just New York. In cities across America and Europe, no matter the policing policies, to a lesser or greater extent crime was falling. Read any paper and that debate is still occurring. Crime statistics still tell a tale of inexplicable declines and no one appears to know why. Is it women’s greater access to abortion as the authors of Freakonomics once contended (greater levels of abortion = less young men, less young men = less crime)? Is it the decrease in levels of lead in the atmosphere due to the introduction of lead-free gasoline? Is it that society has just become more civilised? Well perhaps we now have an answer: Crime just moved online.

Future Crimes starts off with what to a greater or lesser extent we already know: identity theft, credit card details being swiped from online stores and retailers, hacking. What new can be said about that? Well apparently a lot. For example, he deals with the issue of botnets, swarms of computers taken over by criminals for some nefarious purpose, all without the owners’ knowledge.
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