Future Crimes – Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle of Our Connected World
Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle of Our Connected World
By Marc Goodman
New York Times Bestseller
To date no computer has been created that could not be hacked……..
Marc Goodman has spent his career in law enforcement and technology. He has worked with organizations that include the Los Angles Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service and Interpol to track down cyber criminals. Leading to his founding of the Future Crimes Institute and the Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. All of this said to show that Mr. Goodman has seen a lot and has first hand knowledge of the subjects that he lays out in his book. This comes from a Cyber Security knowledge base and is intended to help people in the field as well as those wanting to stay informed about how secure we may or may not truly be.
The Prologue ends with a “friendly warning”, as Goodman puts it, that if you read the book that you will never look at your car, smart phone, or vacuum cleaner the same again. This is then followed by the famous line that Morpheus gives Neo from the move The Matrix;
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth – nothing more.
After this warning, Goodman wastes no time in giving you something that will make you want to stop reading and check to make sure that your data is safe and secure. Future Crimes is written in such a way that it reads like science fiction while being based on science fact. Goodman doesn’t focus in on only one topic but instead turns to experts and touches on a wide range of technologies that are insecure. He explains how our technology is being turned against us. How hackers use baby monitors to spy on and disrupt families lives and how stalkers use a smart phone’s GPS to track their victims every move and so much more. He covers subjects like robotics, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, virtual reality, artificial technology and Internet of Things (IoT). Not only does he discuss these topics and more, he gives first hand accounts of real life events, such as the Mumbai, India terrorist siege in 2008, the North Korea Sony hack and Heartbleed to name a few, that have happened where our technology has been exploited by bad actors for their benefit.
In just over 500 pages the author manages to get out his call to action about just how insecure our technology is. At times he does come off as an alarmist and is repetitive making the second half of the book read longer, but overall he has done an amazing job of laying out the truth and allowing readers to understand the information. The only disappointment I had was with the end and the steps he gives to protect yourself. These are things that, if you are security minded and proactive, you are probably already doing. He gives nothing really new. But despite this shortcoming, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to see a professional with as much experience in cyber crime sees and their thoughts on how this might affect us in the future.