How Cybercriminals Determine Targets, Attack Identities, and Violate Privacy—and How Consumers, Companies, and Policymakers Can Fight Back
by Christopher A. Smith
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Pub Date 07 Nov 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Amplify Publishing Group, Amplify
After mounting red flags caused Chris Smith to end a close relationship, he found his digital life under attack: accounts were compromised, emails and texts were intercepted, his social security number was stolen, and his mother’s home Wi-Fi router was breached.
Chris would soon learn that cybercriminals had targeted him in one of the most extensive, twisted cases of digital identity theft known to experts. He discovered that he wasn’t alone, but rather another casualty of the Information Age plague that continues to threaten the finances and digital safety of individuals, companies, and governments worldwide.
Once he recovered from the shock and betrayal, he assembled a comprehensive team of attorneys, digital forensics specialists, and law enforcement agents and vowed to bring his attackers to justice.
As Chris discovered when he tried to hold his attackers accountable, keeping vital personal information safe in the digital age is incredibly difficult. Privacy Pandemic is not only a firsthand account of what happens when one is targeted by sophisticated cybercriminals—it’s also a guide for readers on how to stay safe in a dangerous digital world.
Chris details the companies, software, tools, and practices that give us all the best chance of preventing security breaches and their disastrous consequences, and shares how he’s turned hardship into triumph, ensuring the power to protect personal information as much as possible is where it belongs: in the hands of each of us.
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This book focuses on the scary level of identity theft and information insecurity we have all become exposed to through our many interactions and transactions in the online and physical world. The author having lived through a serious experience in identity theft and the detrimental impact on his life, clearly outlines the exposure we all have and then recommends a number of specific steps we can and should take to reduce our risk and if necessary steps to take to counter the problems of being the subject of identity theft.
The book is clearly written and very understandable, with specific actionable recommendations for the reader to take. Definitely a wake up call and a view on the trade off between convenience vs security we all face.
My fear is that most of us will not follow the preemptive advise but have to focus on the after problem corrective actions.