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Book Review | Crime Dot Com | Geoff White

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about Crime Dot Com by Geoff White.

Crime Dot Com by Geoff White is published by Reaktion Books and is available to purchase in digital and hardcover formats.

On 4 May 2000, an email that read ‘kindly check the attached LOVELETTER’ was sent from the Philippines. Attached was a virus, the Love Bug, and within days it had paralysed banks, broadcasters and businesses across the globe. The outbreak presaged a new era of online mayhem: the age of Crime Dot Com had begun.

Investigative journalist Geoff White charts the astonishing development of hacking, from its conception in America’s hippy tech community in the 1970s, through its childhood among the ruins of the Eastern Bloc, to its coming of age as the most pervasive threat to our digital 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 are being harnessed by nation states to target voters, cripple power networks and prepare, even, 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, and of what the future has in store and how we might protect ourselves from it.


Cybercrime is not a topic I am usually interested in as I get overwhelmed by technology. On reading this I worked out I have missed out on big headlines on cybercrime this last decade.

The author has included various examples of cybercrime which include; a brief history of how it materialised, bank heists, Trump’s election, the film Interview and repercussions which occurred and the Dark Web. At times it is frightening to think about this subject and how individuals or groups have managed to pull off terrifying accounts of hacking.

I absolutely loved Crime Dot Com.  It’s factual and incredibly fascinating, I feel Geoff White has accomplished a book which is both interesting and gripping.

It’s a great read.

Jera's Jamboree

Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others. He has written and presented two major podcast series for Audible: Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? and The Dark Web, as well as his own podcast series, Cybercrime Investigations. He is the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which was a sell–out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, and has been performed at music festivals, political conferences and for corporate clients. For Channel 4 News he created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used – and abused – online.

Twitter: @geoffwhite247


Jera's Jamboree has been around for 9+ years. I'm qualified as a Sleep Consultant, Dyslexia Therapist, Reiki Master, Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness Practitioner. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind.

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