Future Crimes: How Our Radical Dependence On Technology Threatens Us All

Paperback | January 12, 2016

byMarc Goodman

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One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman 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 you ever thought possible.

     Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways--but there is an ominous flip side. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology, and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today's criminals steal identities, drain online bank accounts and wipe out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D 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 opens his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, Future Crimes 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, it will empower readers to protect themselves against looming threats--before it's too late.

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One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman 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 you ever thought possible.     Technolo...

MARC GOODMAN has spent a career in law enforcement, including work as Futurist with the FBI, Senior Advisor to Interpol and street police officer. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and chair for Policy, Law & Ethics at Singularity University, he has continued to investigate the intriguing, often terrifying intersection of s...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.1 × 5.2 × 1.1 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780385682589

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A Washington Post Best Book of 2015An Amazon Best Book of the Year Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Science & Technology"The Internet makes the Toronto Maple Leafs defensive core look airtight. Marc Goodman's Future Crimes impressively and encyclopedically documents the dark and broken aspects of our digital connectedness. . . . Goodman unflinchingly and relentlessly illuminates the insidious pervasiveness of cybercrime. . . . in such vivid detail it will have even the most ardent techno-geek pining for the bygone era of typewriters and rotary phones." —Winnipeg Free Press"Marc Goodman’s new and nearly addictive book, Future Crimes, introduces readers to this brave new world of technology. . . . 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  "Future Crimes [contains] an astounding list of ways that bad guys are after money, business secrets, proprietary technology and government information. . . . Future Crimes should be on the reading lists of bank risk and security executives, not to mention people concerned about privacy." —Forbes "[Future Crimes] is a must read for everyone from legal professionals to businesses, parents and individuals." —National Post“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 corporate greed has created a medium 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“[An] excellent and timely book.” ―The Economist"Future Crimes reads like a collection of unusually inventive, terrifying plots conjured up by the world's most ingenious science fiction writer... except that every story in this goosebump-raising book could be true within the next decade. 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: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World“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 “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, Futurist and Author  "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, author of Wired for WarFrom the Hardcover edition.