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Future Crimes

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,817 ratings  ·  572 reviews
One of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose 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 imagined. 

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable w
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Doubleday
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Jason Anthony
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Stages of reading "Future Crimes..." by Marc Goodman:

(1) Wow, this is fascinating material. I am scared of the Internet and the power Internet companies have over me.
(2) I should tell people to read this book, especially my parents.
(3) No. I will definitely not tell my parents. It will scare them into hopeless fear, which might be worse than the small chance of a hack.
(4) Ok, some good examples here.
(5) Hmm ... didn't he already make this point?
(6) Interesting.
(7) I'm getting bored. This book is
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book’s prose...

It’s got more mixed metaphors than a 50-car pile up of smoothie blenders has spilled milk, and more cliches than a plethora of dystopian futures unfolding like bad origami.

It’s got a strictly-defined plethora of the word ‘plethora’ loosely-defined.

Its deeply beheld love of adverbs and concomitant utilization of exponentially and stupefyingly complicating adjectives is impossibly difficult to avoid, as is its blind insistence on using the word ‘data’ in the plural, even in
I don't usually read books (non-fiction or otherwise) over extended periods of time. And, if not for the limitations of library-lending, I might have inched through this one at an even slower pace (giving me ample opportunity to rock quietly in the corner in terror).

Things didn't start out this way. I tore into the first several chapters of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It with my usual aplomb. But there's only so much risk one can
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This book has a lot of information. Certainly there was too much of it for me to absorb. The scariest part for me is that every smart device in my home is listening, watching, sharing and just waiting to be hacked. Just another thing to worry about. Of course the book also covers drones, AI, robots, self driving cars, copying machines, medical devices, the energy grid etc., etc., etc.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
Technology can be a wonderful thing; you have a world at your fingertips with powerful search engines, the combined knowledge of humanity with Wikipedia and social networks keeping you in touch with friends and family all over the globe. However, there is a dark underside to all these positives. In the rush to market with web and internet based services there are often many compromises with security, and it is through these loopholes that Crime Inc., as Goodman describes them, take the opportuni ...more
My update after reading 5 pages: "This book should've been 200 pages shorter, shouldn't it?" I stand by my assessment.

Future crimes isn't what I'd call a bad book by any means; it's well researched - (although I dislike that instead of footnotes the author has a list at the end of the book where the references are to page numbers) - and it's not badly written per se. The author tells the stories of various crimes, small but more often big ones. He explains what the crimes are and more importantl
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014

Future Crimes: Everyone Is Vulnerable And What We Can Do About Its by Marc Goodman is an amazingly well researched book about cybercrime. He was only 28 and an investigative sergeant in LAPD when he was asked if he knew how to use Word Spell. That was in 1995. He did and he got the job for investing computer crime. That was the birth of computer crime with pages and cell phone now it has grown into a huge industry. And it is going to get worse. Plenty of research has gone into this book and none
Natalie Vellacott
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
I wasn't sure if I would make it through this six hundred page technological "thriller" borrowed from my brother-in-law who works in IT security. I'm sure he would understand a lot more of it than I did.

Future Crimes gives the lay reader a glimpse into the criminal world of the dark net. It is unbelievable that the internet that we see and use everyday is just a tiny proportion of what is out there. Even more shocking is that cyber criminals have set up sites similar to Ebay and Amazon where th
W. Whalin
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I heard this book on audio and it comes with a warning. If you hear or read the contents of this book, it will change you forever. The stories and information about our world and technology will drive you to be more cautious and careful about your digital footprint (and it certainly did that for me). Marc Goodman has written an important book that everyone who uses a computer or has a smartphone needs to read and learn from this excellent book. I highly recommend FUTURE CRIMES.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 y
Alaina Bjj
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to see an early draft copy of the chapter on robotics, but I have just finished the pre-release version of the book, and it is excellent. Having seen him speak several times at Singularity University and TED, I have always been impressed by Goodman's broad base of knowledge. I consider myself pretty well-informed about technology, and I am blown away by how the book explains how the seedier elements of society have and will use technology to do the bad stuff they do.

One of the
Alex Givant
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do yourself a favor, read this book! With more and more dependency on technology and gadgets you better know what are risks and how to avoid them.
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
The book was strongest when describing modern computer crime cases. Unfortunately, Goodman's speculation into future crimes often sounded like what Bruce Schneier disparagingly calls "movie-plot crimes." Also the parts of the book on pedophiles and online harassment seemed out of place in a book mostly about organized cybercrime. These parts seemed to be included for fear mongering or filler.

So, I would have preferred if he stuck to actual stories about hackers and cybercrime.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always knew we made ourselves vulnerable with our online presence but didn't know how much we were exposing ourselves to bad people and how vulnerable we are even beyond just putting information into a website. This book has made me stop and think about where and what I post going forward. ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Future Crimes is a remarkable mix of boring and terrifying that I didn't think was possible. The book walks through every aspect of modern technology and either indicates how it's been subverted by criminal enterprise or soon will be. There are short paragraphs in the beginning representing how criminality has grown in potential scale over time and a brief ending on what we need to do but neither is long enough to add enough insight to make this book stand above just staying up to date on securi ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unnecessary exaggerated and lots of ideas based on speculation, not facts.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Eye-opening and alarming. Goodman is not against technology and is quick to point out its many benefits, but he does make the case that we are making ourselves gratuitously vulnerable to harm, particularly considering the speed of technological advance and the inevitable move toward ubiquitous internet connection.

Goodman is thorough to the extent that it became a bit tiring reading example after example of how technology has been or can be hacked or used for evil. Nevertheless, everyone should r
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was very confused by the documentation used in this book. At first glance it would appear that Goodman does not back up any of the facts he shares with his reader to support his theses, however there are end notes at the back of the book, that indicate sources with page numbers. There is no way to tell what he is documenting however because there are no footnotes. There are multiple notations for some of the pages. I am wondering of this is something new (perhaps to save money?) or some sort o ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: futurisc, technology
I enjoyed it very much. There is a lot pack in this book. Marc Goodman covers an ample spectrum. True there are many things on this book that you have heard before but I bet you that unless you are an specialist on this field there are many things you dont. It s really astonishing what happens and how expose is the single individual and the organizations/business It makes you double think what to trust and to a certain degree it justify if you take a paranoid approach in terms of security. There ...more
Kevin Koskella
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a MUST read. It's chalk full of facts surrounding the changes to society that technology is making, including some of the realities of AI. My only troubles with the book are that it was a bit too long (endless examples sometimes unnecessary), and the author's slant that governments are saintly (unless they are "rogue governments") and want to protect people, as well as the gloom-and-doomism in the first part of the book (which later thankfully turned positive). Overall some alarming and ...more
Melody Vig
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I couldn't put this book down, it is fascinating and terrifying to learn how much of our privacy is at stake these days. ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Would have been 4 stars--much of the content is fascinating--were it not for the terrible editing.
Mal Warwick
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Future Crimes is the scariest book I’ve read in years.

You’re almost certainly reading this review on a device powered by microprocessors. Do you know who’s looking over your shoulder as you read? I’m betting you don’t.

Let’s say you were reading this by clicking a link on Facebook. If so, Facebook would be recording that fact — and every other action you took while you were on its site.

If, instead, you were to access this review on my website using Chrome, Internet Explorer, or IOS, then you’d be
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Did you know that the technology to simply control gadgets (like your Google Glass) with your thoughts already exists? Did you hear about the 2013 story of electronic teakettles and irons manufactured in China that spread a virus to all your electronic devices through WiFi? :D Or that we'll be able to literally "bring back to life" died-out species like the mammoth, the dodo or the Tasmanian tiger? Or how about that the swine flu suddenly reemerged in 1977 after being dead for 20 years, just
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"You are not GOOGLE's customer; you are its product. That's why you don't get a bill. That's why there's no 800 technical support. Those items are reserved for its real customers: the advertisers who are purchasing all the data you litter along Google's information superhighway. You are the thing Google sells to other people..."

"After a lawsuit by thirty-eight American state attorneys general in 2013, Google admitted that its bizarre-looking Street View cars, those outfitted with
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book addresses the challenges and benefits of the exponential growth of the internet in the modern world. The reader is provided easy to understand real life examples showing how an society's lack of interest and/or knowledge of the growing cyber security threats has already had massive negative impacts. The following companies are highlighted in the discussion: Apply, Amazon, Samsung, Google, Sony, Target, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Microsoft...just to name a few. To quote the author, ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok, you don't read this book for plot, story arc, or character, my fine feathered fiction friends. But you read it to enlarge your sphere of knowledge and your brain sort of spasms over the ways you never imagined technology could be put to ill use. You feel informed. And very worried. Like you ought to begin that computer science degree pronto so you're not just sitting on the sidelines while the catastrophe approaches. Food for thought . . . and action. Read this if you care about the future. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I understand it is difficult to write about technology without quickly becoming dated but this book must have been written extremely slowly for it to be so behind the times on technology advances. It offers no new information to the average tech user who is well aware they have no privacy and their devices are highly vulnerable to all types of malicious attack. This book seems appealing only to a technophobic and ill informed person with a highly conservative lean.
Jonathan Mckay
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't need to be convinced of the thesis, rather I was hoping for an additional level of detail about how tech crime is evolving. At three chapters in, I still haven't encountered any morsel of new information, and a glance at the table of contents seems like the entire book is just an overview of IT security headlines. I'm cutting my losses. ...more
Eddie S.
An awesome book with several different concepts of potential cyber terrorism. Information is a big business and a lot of mobile applications are taking advantage of consumers by monitoring every step you take. reading your emails, using your location, rummaging through your private photos and videos in order to collect data and sell it to companies. Very interesting book, nothing less than a 4/5.
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