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Cyber crime 2.0

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Science  10 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6231, pp. 193
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa7298

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According to author Marc Goodman, the shadowy "Crime Inc." (a catch-all term for all that is malicious on the Internet) is a virtually unstoppable force that, combined with the trend toward a global Internet of Things, leaves us more susceptible to criminal activity than ever. What's worse—we are complicit in our own exploitation, wantonly sharing our personal and private information online, while ignoring the maxim "If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer, you're the product." Reviewer Dov Greenbaum welcomes this well-researched whirlwind tour of Internet-based crime, and offers some suggestions to help readers avoid falling victim to the criminal capers described in Future Crimes.