It’s been a little while since I’ve read non-fiction so when I was given the chance to read Crime Dot Com, a book about cyber crime which is a topic that I’m really interested in I jumped at the chance.
On May 4, 2000, an email that read “kindly check the attached LOVELETTER” was sent from a computer in the Philippines. Attached was a virus, the Love Bug, and within days it had been circulated across the globe, paralyzing banks, broadcasters, and businesses in its wake, and extending as far as the UK Parliament and, reportedly, the Pentagon. The outbreak presaged a new era of online mayhem: the age of Crime Dot Com. In this book, investigative journalist Geoff White charts the astonishing development of hacking, from its conception in the United States’ hippy tech community in the 1970s, through its childhood among the ruins of the Eastern Bloc, to its coming of age as one of the most dangerous and pervasive threats to our connected world. He takes us inside the workings of real-life cybercrimes, drawing on interviews with those behind the most devastating hacks and revealing how the tactics employed by high-tech crooks to make millions are being harnessed by nation states to target voters, cripple power networks, and even prepare for cyber-war. From Anonymous to the Dark Web, Ashley Madison to election rigging, Crime Dot Com is a thrilling, dizzying, and terrifying account of hacking, past and present, what the future has in store, and how we might protect ourselves from it.
Cyber Crime is a topic that I’m extremely interested in, I don’t know what it is but I love the dark side of technology and what people will do under the cover of anonymity. I have read quite a bit on this topic so I was a little worried that there wouldn’t be much new to me in here.
However there was no need to worry as Geoff White gave me everything that I was looking for and more!
From cheating spouses being exposed to Trump becoming President, Crime Dot Com is written in such a way that everyone will be able to understand, you don’t have to be up to date with all the technical jargon to be able to enjoy this book.
When you sit back and realise that the damage that can be done through the internet it’s actually quite terrifying.
So Who is Geoff White?
Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others
His exclusives reveal tech’s impact on our lives: the controversial police use of facial recognition; the failure of artificial intelligence therapy apps; hi-tech call centre scams that have cost victims their lives’ savings; fraud in the internet dating industry. He has written and presented two major podcast series for Audible. Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? reveals the origins of AI, and shows how the technology is seeping into everyday life. The Dark Web exposes the shadow internet created by the US military and now home to hackers, crooks and freedom fighters.
Thank you to Midas PR for inviting me to take part.
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