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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay, Senior Engineer, Xerox PARC, 1971

Speaking at TED Global

Speaking at TED Global

The theme of TEDGlobal 2012 was “Radical Openness.” In my talk, posted on the ted.com website, I explore the unintended consequences of this openness, giving the audience a glimpse into the future of crime and global security. TED.com – Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future…
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Tweet the Police: San Francisco Non-Emergency Police Services Available via Twitter

Tweet the Police: San Francisco Non-Emergency Police Services Available via Twitter

As noted elsewhere on Future Crimes, law enforcement organizations throughout the world are increasingly using technology to serve the public.  Most such initial efforts were nothing more than one-way public relations activities, such as the police chief hosting a web page with his biography and photograph. During law enforcement’s initial first-generation foray onto the Internet,...
Hacking GPS and Satellite Navigation: Potential Criminal Payoffs

Hacking GPS and Satellite Navigation: Potential Criminal Payoffs

Given the growing dependence on location based services and GPS systems, it is clear that attacks on these core technologies will increase in the future.   As noted in the article below, many companies, especially those with expensive cargo, are gps-tagging their vehicles in order to be able to track them. Yet these weak signals are...
Social Networking Crime on the Rise: Koobface Estimated to Have Infected 500,000 PC's

Social Networking Crime on the Rise: Koobface Estimated to Have Infected 500,000 PC's

The Below news story is interesting for a few reasons.  Firstly, it provides a good overview of social networking security issues. While nothing in the article is earth-shattering for those who follow this Web 2.0 crime, it is a useful update on the current state of affairs.  Secondly, and of note is the fact that...
Social Networking Crime on the Rise: Koobface Estimated to Have Infected 500,000 PC's

Social Networking Crime on the Rise: Koobface Estimated to Have Infected 500,000 PC’s

The Below news story is interesting for a few reasons.  Firstly, it provides a good overview of social networking security issues. While nothing in the article is earth-shattering for those who follow this Web 2.0 crime, it is a useful update on the current state of affairs.  Secondly, and of note is the fact that...
Police Drone "Air Robot" Leads to Arrest in UK

Police Drone "Air Robot" Leads to Arrest in UK

As noted elsewhere on Future Crimes, it is just a matter of time before the widespread adoption of aerial drones becomes absolutely commonplace in law enforcement.  While police have been experimenting with these devices for sometime, the below case may be the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been directly credited with an...
Taking al-Qaeda’s Jihad to Facebook

Taking al-Qaeda’s Jihad to Facebook

An interesting take on Al-Qa’ida and social media. From: The Terrorism Monitor Volume: 8 Issue: 5 By Murad Batal Al-shishani Source: Jamestown Foundation Web forums associated with jihad and al-Qaeda sympathizers have become a major source of information about militant Islamist groups, as well as a platform for the dissemination of the audio, visual and...
Subverting the App Store: A Phisher's Delight

Subverting the App Store: A Phisher's Delight

Once again, criminals have shown their creativity in pursuing financial fraud in cyberspace.  While most of us have already suffered phishing attempts via e-mail solicitations purportedly coming from our banking and credit card companies, a new twist on the scam is affecting smartphone users.  Organized criminals have invaded “app stores” and provided fraudulent versions of...
Subverting the App Store: A Phisher's Delight

Subverting the App Store: A Phisher’s Delight

Once again, criminals have shown their creativity in pursuing financial fraud in cyberspace.  While most of us have already suffered phishing attempts via e-mail solicitations purportedly coming from our banking and credit card companies, a new twist on the scam is affecting smartphone users.  Organized criminals have invaded “app stores” and provided fraudulent versions of...
Does Your Police Department Tweet?  Social Media as a Tool in Crime Fighting

Does Your Police Department Tweet? Social Media as a Tool in Crime Fighting

As the report below indicates, more and more law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of social media as a means of crime fighting. Interestingly, communities too are also using web 2.0 technologies for neighborhood watch programs and for reporting unusual activities in the community.  Recently in Colorado (USA), a twitter-update by a concerned parent brought...
CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

It was just a matter of time before military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) moved to the civilian law enforcement world. Despite recent obstacles to deploying police UAVs in the skies above the United States, it appears as if the UK may be moving forward with a plan to do just that.  It is no surprise...
Social Networking Sites: Even When You Don't  Share, You May Be Sharing

Social Networking Sites: Even When You Don't Share, You May Be Sharing

Social media and Web 2.0 firms have been adding services rapidly, bringing a social networking dimension to many of our daily interactions.  Today, it is readily possible to share photos, music, video or even website bookmarks while connecting with friends and family around the world as never before.  While these services may create value and...
Social Networking Sites: Even When You Don't  Share, You May Be Sharing

Social Networking Sites: Even When You Don’t Share, You May Be Sharing

Social media and Web 2.0 firms have been adding services rapidly, bringing a social networking dimension to many of our daily interactions.  Today, it is readily possible to share photos, music, video or even website bookmarks while connecting with friends and family around the world as never before.  While these services may create value and...