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Future Crimes Audiobook

Future Crimes: A Journey to the Dark Side of Technology - and How to Survive It

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times Best Seller

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. 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 lethal jolts, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion.

Meanwhile 3-D 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.

©2015 Marc Goodman (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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  • John Thurman
    London, UK
    8/24/15
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    "Thought provoking"

    This book has changed how I think about the data I produce and the head in the sand naivety with which I have used free apps, websites, etc in the past. I will never submit any personal data on the Internet again.. Oh wait..

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • ken marks
    11/22/15
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    "one of the best."
    What did you like most about Future Crimes?

    a must read or listen put on your bucket list of things to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it made me aware of things i thought i knew but i was wrong GREAT READ.


    What about Marc Goodman and Robertson Dean ’s performance did you like?

    yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    is there a film

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lincolnshire Amazonian
    8/2/15
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    "Be afraid - be v afraid ..."

    I am no tech-head - perhaps more a Luddite than anything, but I still wanted to understand the direction of our world today in relation to IT-enabled crimes. And this book gave me the grounding I was seeking. Full of examples, it could serve to terrify given the invisible and latent power of the current day hacker. However, if one risks reading this book, at least the potential of these people begins to hit one's radar and provides an opportunity to put in place some protection. And, one can inform the younger generation who generally seem less guarded about openly sharing their personal information on the WWW. A good read - just be aware the the examples tend to drag on a little towards the end of the book ...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. Oliver
    Surrey, UK
    5/15/15
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    "If you use a computer listen to this."

    Often people take online security in the modern world for granted.

    This audio book gives a no-holds bared account of what will happen if we all don't act now.

    So listen, take not and act now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    5/5/16
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    "Fascinating and often disturbing"

    This book is an in depth look at the current state of cyber-security and technological crime more generally, followed by a view into the future of these topics. The author is an (ex?) police officer who is clearly an expert on the topic and has thoroughly researched the material - very little cybercrime related topics remain untouched.

    The first half (ish) of the book is taken up with what the state of the art is. This is terrifying and sometimes depressing as the author reels off vulnerability after vulnerability, crime after crime and (in many ways worse) violations by companies and states of people's privacy. I have to say that if you are interested in this topic you will probably know a fair amount of this already, but to have it collected in one place is great and also it's only once you hear it all together that you realise the scale of the challenge facing us.

    The second half of the book is the "Future" from the title. Starting with the implications of the Internet of Things, and then moving as far afield as synthetic biology, the author starts to look at what these technologies will do to crime moving forward. This section was interesting for sure, but given that it is essentially futurology a lot of it came off as just science fiction. Of course, how could anyone know? Either way, I was left very much hopeful that people in the right positions of power are paying attention because there is some seriously scary stuff around the corner!

    Thoroughly enjoyable, very nasty to contemplate some of it but has left me satisfied for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/24/16
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    "Very enlightening"

    I found this a very interesting read.
    Much of what I thought I knew, I now I realize I don't. I will admit that I found it a bit long at 20hrs. Really struggled through the last four hours as I felt he was just trying to drive home his point that he already had many times in the book. None the a great a great read or ... Listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alev Haddadieh
    United Kingdom
    12/30/15
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    "Scary reality of the darknet"

    This book shows the scary face of the darknet. It is a must read book. Alhough, the reality is really dark and scary most of the time; being aware does help out through our journey on the Internet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    12/1/15
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    "Good Information to think on"
    Any additional comments?

    Good informtation give in a clear and well thought out, covers a lot of things going on in the world with IT and fruad and some plans to deal with it, and things we should all be thinking on,

    Good insights on to criminal minds with the new stuff in tech and how it gets used.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jimmy
    12/1/16
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    "Everybody Needs To Read This"

    From start to finish flawlessly delivered eyeopenin insight into the very near future and how our lives will be fundamentally changed as we evolve with The Internet Of Things ( I.O.T ) and how crime Inc will exploit us. What's most worrying is how many company's are using our "Private" information and selling us as products to other company's . Most disturbingly company's like Google.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. T. P. Bedingfield
    11/30/16
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    "Good but slow"
    Where does Future Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good in detail but short on delivery. Could be more succinct.


    What other book might you compare Future Crimes to, and why?

    McMafia as they are on th same subject.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, far too slow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The threats and the size of the dark web.


    Any additional comments?

    Good if a little slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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