Been phished lately? Phishing is a phony email/text or phone call from 'the bank' asking you to use a link to update your details. Or maybe the message is from the Australian Tax Office, federal police, business partners or large nationally known chains and networks. And it is big business, with millions of unsuspecting people logging in their security details, risking their identity, savings and credit ratings.
This type of cybercrime uses social engineering – hacker speak for scams that use psychological tactics rather than technical tricks. Never before has it been so easy to gain access to people’s lives. The internet can be a virtual playground for identity theft, online stalking and blatant money grabs.
Since 1 July 2019, an average of 164 cybercrimes per day or approximately one report every 10 minutes. Australian Scamwatch received 353,000 combined reports in 2019 with $634 million stolen, $126 million in investment scams and $83 mill to romance scams.
Hacking, traditionally the mythical domain of tech engineers cracking codes and systems, could be someone or bots backdooring your Instagram account. On the other extreme, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning became internet warriors, using the platform to reveal government documents and associated crimes online.
Library members have loaned cybercrime and surveillance themed items 25,204 times! Binge on hacker history bestsellers, stay alert with surveillance true stories or dive into online scam true crime. #hackThis
Hooked! Read online romance scam biographies:
- Romance scam survivor: the whole sordid story by Jan Marshall
- You’re just too good to be true: a love story about lonely hearts and internet scams by Sofija Stefanovic
- Fake: a startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies by Stephanie Wood
Get eyes on these surveillance stories:
- The strong man: a powerful story of life under fire and one man's journey back from the brink by Grant Edwards, Australian Federal Police Commander
- The perfect weapon: war, sabotage and fear in the cyber age by David E. Sanger
- The darkest web by Eileen Ormsby
- Catch and kill: lies, spies and a conspiracy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow
- Nobody’s victim: fighting psychos, stalkers, pervs and trolls by Carrie Goldberg
Catch a cyber criminal in these thrilling titles:
- Kingdom of Lies: unnerving adventures in the world of cybercrime by Kate Fazzini
- The mastermind: the hunt for the world’s most prolific criminal by Evan Ratliff
- Hidden cameras: everything you need to know about covert recording, undercover cameras and secret filming by Joe Plomin
- My friend Anna: the true story of a fake heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams
Reserve these DVDs to take home:
- Citizenfour: the Edward Snowden confessions
- Mr Robot TV series – start with season one
- The Matrix
- The fifth estate
- The Code – season 1 and 2
- Zero Days
Save time with these online true crime eBooks anywhere, anytime:
- Scam me if you can: simple strategies to outsmart today’s rip-off artists by Frank Abagnale
- Dot con: comedian James Veitch’s comic conversations he orchestrates with online email scammers by James Veitch
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Looking for more cyber true crime? Headphones on for these podcasts:
- Chasing Charlie
- Darknet Diaries
- Cybercrime Investigations
- Hacking Humans
- Scamming the Scammer
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