Privacy and Cyber Crime
03-27-2015, 11:37 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-27-2015, 11:54 AM by john.)
Privacy and Cyber Crime
The YT video below is an interview with Marc Goodman, a man with law enforcement background who now specializes in cyber crime. He is promoting a new book he wrote called "Future Crimes" and raises some important issues in the interview. He discusses terrorism, hacking and all that, but he also discusses the uses and abuses of personal information by the likes of Google, Facebook, Paypal, and other "legit" businesses. The sale of personal information is rampant and has lots of real world impacts on all of us.

Worth listening to.


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By Marc Goodman Posted March 16, 2015

You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.

It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires special software to access—and it’s massive. By some estimates, it is 500 times larger than the surface Web that most people search every day. Yet it’s almost completely out of sight. According to a study published in Nature, Google indexes no more than 16 percent of the surface Web and misses all of the Deep Web. Any given search turns up just 0.03 percent of the information that exists online (one in 3,000 pages). It’s like fishing in the top two feet of the ocean—you miss the virtual Mariana Trench below....
03-27-2015, 08:38 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-28-2015, 08:22 AM by Miguel.)
RE: Privacy and Cyber Crime
It's easy to see without looking to far that our privacy isn't sacred any more
03-29-2015, 03:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-29-2015, 03:17 PM by john.)
RE: Privacy and Cyber Crime
Some review excerpts for Future Crimes

Quote:“As Marc Goodman shows in this highly readable book, what is going on in the background of your computer has turned the internet into a fertile ground for massive crime…Future Crimes has the pace of a sci-fi film but it’s happening now.”
— Express UK

"A tour de force of insight and foresight. Never before has somebody so masterfully researched and presented the frightening extent to which current and emerging technologies are harming national security, putting people’s lives at risk, eroding privacy, and even altering our perceptions of reality. Future Crimes paints a sobering picture of how rapidly evolving threats to technology can lead to disasters that replicate around the world at machine speed. Goodman clearly demonstrates that we are following a failed cybersecurity strategy that requires new thinking rather than simply more frameworks, more information sharing, and more money. Read this now, and then get angry that we really haven’t taken the technology threat seriously. If the right people read Goodman’s book and take action, it might just save the world."
— Steven Chabinsky, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division

“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 bestselling 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 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“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 bestselling author of Abundance; CEO, XPRIZE Foundation; Exec. Chairman, Singularity University

"Future Crimes reads like a collection of unusually inventive, terrifying plots conjured up by the world's most ingenious science fiction writer... except that almost every story in this goosebump-raising book is happening all around us right now. It's a masterful page-turner that warns of a hundred worst case scenarios you've never thought of, while also -- thank goodness -- offering bold and clever strategies to thwart them."
— Jane McGonigal, New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken

“As new loopholes open up in cyberspace, people inevitably find ways to flow through them. Future-proof yourself by reading this book. No one has a better vantage point than Goodman, and you won't want to touch another keyboard until you know what's in these pages.”
—David Eagleman, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito

"Future Crimes is the Must Read Book of the Year. Endlessly fascinating, genuinely instructive, and truly frightening. Be warned: Once you pick it up, you won't put it down. Super cool and super interesting."
—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author

“Technology has always been a double edged sword – fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also burned down our villages. Marc Goodman provides a deeply insightful view into our twenty-first century’s fires. His philosophy matches my own: apply the promise of exponentially growing information technologies to overcome age old challenges of humankind while at the same time understand and contain the perils. This book provides a compelling roadmap to do just that.”
— Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist

Reader review on Amazon
Quote:5What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
ByChad Friskon March 28, 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is the most sobering book I have ever read.

The Internet is a wonderful thing. It has dramatically changed our lives, and created a number of opportunities for honest people to connect with each other in meaningful (and, admittedly, in less so meaningful) ways.

But it has a dark side. And it turns out we are much more vulnerable to it than we realize.

Marc Goodman, the FBI’s resident futurist, details the myriad ways in which we don’t understand the internet. More importantly - and horrifyingly - he explains how our ignorance is hurting us. From the data collection capabilities and distribution practices of our most trusted websites (think Google and Facebook), to data brokers who buy and sell that information indiscriminately, to the seedy underworld of crime that flourishes in router-enabled anonymity, I had no idea what I was opening myself up to every time I opened my web browser.

The Internet isn’t going away. In fact, it’s only going to become more ubiquitous. In the next decade billions of new devices will go online. Data will be streamed from your lightbulbs, your refrigerator, you front door, your wristwatch, and even the inside of your body.

As of right now, that data is visible to anyone who is willing to download the right illicit ap.

It’s also manipulatable.

Can you trust the data you see on your screens? Can you be sure that someone isn’t live streaming you from your own camera? Has your computer been infected with malware that is logging your every keystroke and shipping it directly to identity thieves in Kiev?

These are questions that it feels crazy to ask. I didn’t even think about them before reading this book. But after reading, I have no other choice but to reevaluate my relationship to the Internet. Because it turns out (again) that I don’t have any idea what’s going on.

This book will give you a look into worlds that you didn’t know existed. You won’t like what you see. You may never feel the same way about Wi-Fi again. Internet security (or the present lack of it) is intimately connected with our lives. This book didn’t make me happy. But I am very glad I read it, because sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you.

Technological progress is here, and accelerating faster than anyone can imagine. This book might help you survive it.

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And a negative review
Quote:15 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1Crap-filled rhetoric and hyperbol
ByFredricRiceon March 3, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book is unreadable, it is filled with numerous logic fallacies and mistakes to the point where it is geared toward an audience that is more interested in entertainment than they are in the technology and facts of the current state of affairs and the future potential state of affairs.

The author employs flowery rhetoric such as "with the click of a mouse his life was destroyed" which is not only hyperbole, it is not true.

The author is not a serious, legitimate cyber security person in the same league as serious people -- such as Brian Krebs or Bruce Schneier who actually know the subject, have extensive experience and skills in the subject, and know how to write books that actually inform people, they don't fill their books with claims and exaggeration that are designed to sell books to the dumbest among us.

I want my money back.

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