Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman is a riveting book about the current state of cyber crime and how hackers are running rampant. Organized crime and state actors are able to breach major companies with impunity and steal millions of accounts belonging to average people.
Future Crimes is written by someone who has worked in the data security industry and Goodman talks about many issues that have been in the headlines. The Target hack, sabotaging the Iranian nuclear facilities and the saga of the Silk Road are compelling because we hear about it on the news all the time, but Goodman really dives deep into the issues.
The one key takeaway from the book is how how vulnerable we are in the current day with modern technology. Criminals are always one step ahead of the internet security industry and we have to rely on organizations like Anonymous to act as vigilantes. Security specialists must anticipate every possible attack; lawbreakers need only find one liability.
I really thought this book was thought provoking. I read the news all the time as part of my job, and I find online crime to be very interesting subject matter. I like how Goodman made this book very accessible, he did not use terminology that would have his readers turning to the dictionary or Google. I think this book would be very appealing to anyone who wants to learn more about the core motivations of hackers.
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