Geoff White is an author, speaker, investigative journalist and podcast creator. He has worked for the BBC, Audible, Penguin, Sky News, The Sunday Times and many more. In a career spanning 20 years he has covered everything from billion-dollar cyber heists to global money laundering rings and crypto-gangsters. He has given keynote talks for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Microsoft, Mastercard, Atos, Orange and Bank of America.
His latest book, The Lazarus Heist – From Hollywood to High Finance: Inside North Korea’s Global Cyber War was published by Penguin Random House on 9 June 2022, and is available now on Amazon, Waterstones, and Bookshop.org. It sprang from the hit 10-part BBC podcast series of the same name, which Geoff co-hosted and which immediately ranked number one in the UK Apple chart and within the top 7 in the US. His next book, Rinsed, will reveal technology’s impact on the world of money laundering and will be published by Penguin Random House in June 2024.
An experienced public speaker, Geoff White has given keynote talks at some of the UK’s largest conferences, in addition to hosting events and chairing panels at venues ranging from London’s Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival. Geoff’s first book, Crime Dot Com: From Viruses to Vote Rigging, How Hacking Went Global, was published in August 2020 by Reaktion Books and was described as “a fascinating, often gripping read”.
He has written and presented two major podcast series for Audible. The Dark Web exposed the shadow internet created by the US military and now home to hackers, crooks and freedom fighters. It has been a top ten hit on the platform since its launch in 2017. Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? revealed the origins of AI, and showed how the technology is seeping into everyday life. Geoff’s own podcast series Cybercrime Investigations takes listeners inside the world of an investigative journalist, detailing the twists and turns as the story unfolds.
Geoff White was also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which showed how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset. The show was a sell–out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, and has been performed at music festivals, political conferences and for corporate clients.
As the technology correspondent for Channel 4 News, one of the UK’s leading daily news programmes, Geoff White won multiple awards for his work on the Snowden leaks, the hacking of Britain’s largest ISP TalkTalk and his exposés of fraud in the internet dating industry. He was the creator of the programme’s Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online persona to expose how personal data is used – and abused – online.
Geoff collaborates with his colleague, an ethical hacker, to deliver a live and interactive hacking/phishing demo that’s highly beneficial for corporate training and education.
From global money laundering networks to intricate fraud campaigns, Geoff has explored the inner workings of the organised crime groups whose nefarious activities are costing businesses billions, and leaving law enforcement agencies struggling to keep up. His insights offer invaluable lessons for organisations trying to defend against an increasingly complex threat. He has delivered compelling keynote talks for some of the world’s biggest financial brands, including Mastercard, The World Bank, HSBC, Bank of America, Citywire, The Central Bank of Ireland, NatWest and many more.
With more than a decade of experience covering computer hacking for the likes of Channel 4 News, BBC News and Forbes online, Geoff is one of the world’s leading journalists in this field. From ransomware to business email compromise to nation-state attacks, he has delved deep into the tactics that cyber crime gangs use to target their victims, and shares the insights that can help organisations protect themselves from attack. He has given keynote talks for leading tech security companies including Proofpoint, Mimecast, Kaspersky, Trend Micro, NCC Group, and spoken at major conferences including Black Hat and InfoSec.
Geoff first started covering Bitcoin in 2011, when each coin was worth just a few dollars (compared to tens of thousands today). He has investigated some of the biggest cryptocurrency thefts in history, including the legendary Mt Gox hack of 2014, and the billion-dollar crypto-crime campaign waged by North Korea. He has also tracked crypto’s use a key money laundering vector. Changpeng Zhao, CEO of the world’s biggest crypto firm Binance, named Geoff’s book on North Korean hacking as his pick for 2022, tweeting: “If you hold crypto, you need to know the basics of security” (ironically, he was later forced to step down and pay a massive fine in connection with money laundering on the platform).
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