Future Crimes

  • by Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners 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 ways, but there is an ominous flip side: Our technology can be turned against us. Hackers can activate baby monitors to spy on families, thieves are analyzing social media posts to plot home invasions, and stalkers are exploiting the GPS on smart phones to track their victims' every move. We all know today's criminals can steal identities, drain online bank accounts, and wipe out computer servers, but that's just the beginning. To date, no computer has been created that could not be hacked - a sobering fact given our radical dependence on these machines for everything from our nation's power grid to air traffic control to financial services.
Yet, as ubiquitous as technology seems today, just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning. If today's Internet is the size of a golf ball, tomorrow's will be the size of the sun. Welcome to the Internet of Things, a living, breathing, global information grid where every physical object will be online. But with greater connections come greater risks. Implantable medical devices such as pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity and a car's brakes can be disabled at high speed from miles away. Meanwhile, 3-D printers can produce AK-47s, bioterrorists can download the recipe for Spanish flu, and cartels are using fleets of drones to ferry drugs across borders.
With explosive insights based upon a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, Marc Goodman takes listeners on a vivid journey through the darkest recesses of the Internet.


Audible Editor Reviews

"From black ops to rogue bots and everything in between, Future Crimes is a gripping must-read. Marc Goodman takes readers on a brilliant, 'behind-the-screens' journey into the hidden world of 21st century criminal innovation, filled with one mind-boggling example after another of what’s coming next. Future Crimes raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives and the importance of managing it for the benefit of all humanity. Even better, Goodman offers practical solutions so that we not only survive progress, but thrive to an extent never previously imagined." (Peter H. Diamandis, New York Times best-selling author of Abundance; CEO, XPRIZE Foundation; Exec. Chairman, Singularity University)


What the Critics Say

"OMG, this is a wakeup call. The outlaws are running faster than the architects. Use this book to shake up the companies you buy from, the device makers, telecom carriers, and governments at all levels. Demand that they pay attention to the realities of our new world as outlined within this thorough and deep book. Marc Goodman will startle you with the ingenuity of the bad guys. I'm a technological optimist. Now I am an eyes-wide-open optimist." (Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine and best-selling author of What Technology Wants)
"The hacks and heists detailed in Future Crimes are the stuff of thrillers, but unfortunately, the world of cybercrime is all too real. There could be no more sure-footed or knowledgeable companion than Marc Goodman on this guided tour of the underworld of the Internet. Everyone - and the business world especially - should heed his advice." (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of Drive and To Sell is Human)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very interesting, appendix has the gold

I would be nice if the tips and tricks for protecting yourself could be spread through the whole book. Now it's just at the end, which is good also I guess.
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- William Larsten

Excellent Overview - Essential Awareness

I really enjoyed the book. Some of my peers thought the content was dry - others are really enjoying it. I read along while listening to book on Audible fond that to be very helpful.

Some startling stories. Some must know info for parents and any social media or mobile users.

I was aware of a lot of the content, perhaps not to the depth in some cases. I am a little shocked at how little awareness on most of the topics that some family and friends have. This book gave me some good conversation starters and has influenced my e-Behavior in a positive way.

I would recommend this book.
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- William F Letcher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio