FUTURE CRIMES by Marc Goodman
Kirkus Star

FUTURE CRIMES

Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

An alarming view of the burgeoning dark side of the Internet.

“We are now entering the great age of digital crime,” warns Goodman, a former police detective–turned–cybercrime consultant and founder of the Future Crimes Institute. In this highly readable and exhaustive debut, he details the many ways in which hackers, organized criminals, terrorists and rogue governments are exploiting the vulnerability of our increasingly connected society. “[W]e’ve wired the world,” he writes, “but failed to secure it.” Noting how easy it is to hack into computer systems, most notably smartphones, Goodman first describes the present era of digital crime, from cyberattacks on companies (Target, Sony) to the failure to protect information by data brokers and social media to the growth in identity theft (13 million Americans affected annually) to digital surveillance, cyberstalking and hate crimes. Most companies are hacked regularly and cannot detect it; when they find out (from customers or police), they often try to hide the loss of data. “What most people do not understand…is that any data collected will invariably leak,” writes the author, and the worst is yet to come. The online world’s exponential growth is creating new opportunities, with easy profits and little detection, for sophisticated cyberunits of organized crime. The rise of the Internet of Things (chips and sensors in everyday objects, from cars to homes) will allow criminals to wreak havoc on such newly emerging technologies as robotics, 3-D manufacturing, synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. There will be no way to protect against hacking of baby cams, GPS systems, imbedded medical devices, drones, assembly lines, personal care bots and other objects, some 50 billion of which will join the global grid by 2020. 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.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-385-53900-5
Page count: 436pp
Publisher: Doubleday
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015




OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for OUR REVOLUTION
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for <i>THE DAILY SHOW</i> (THE BOOK)
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for TAKE HEART, MY CHILD
VERDICT:
SKIP IT

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

NonfictionKINGPIN by Kevin Poulsen
by Kevin Poulsen
NonfictionTHE SEVENTH SENSE by Joshua Cooper Ramo
by Joshua Cooper Ramo
NonfictionLIGHTS OUT by Ted Koppel
by Ted Koppel