Future Crimes: A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology - and How to Survive it
This is the New York Times Bestseller. 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 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 a lethal jolt, 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 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.
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
"A riveting read" -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan "Excellent and timely" The Economist "Future Crimes has the pace of a sci-fi film but it's happening now. It will be a long time before anyone who reads it will feel safe on-line again" -- William Hartston Express "Goodman describes Future Crimes as a 'rough ride' - and with some justice. But in an area where criminals profit from the ignorance of the general public, it is a ride well worth taking if we are to prevent the worst of his predictions from taking shape" Financial Times "Goodman is a go-to guide for all who want a good scaring about the dark side of technology" New Scientist
Marc Goodman has spent a career in law enforcement, including working as a street police officer, a senior adviser to Interpol, a futurist-in-residence with the FBI and training police forces in dozens of countries around the world, including the Metropolitan Police. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and the Chair for Policy, Law, and Ethics at Silicon Valley's Singularity University, he continues to investigate the intriguing and often terrifying intersection of science and security, uncovering nascent threats and combating the darker sides of technology.