CUCKOO'S EGG

CUCKOO'S EGG

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by Clifford Stoll
     
 

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Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand

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Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand account is "a computer-age detective story, instantly fascinating [and] astonishingly gripping" (Smithsonian).

Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. The hacker's code name was "Hunter"—a mysterious invader who managed to break into U.S. computer systems and steal sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own: spying on the spy. It was a dangerous game of deception, broken codes, satellites, and missile bases—a one-man sting operation that finally gained the attention of the CIA . . . and ultimately trapped an international spy ring fueled by cash, cocaine, and the KGB.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307819420
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/23/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
133,472
File size:
3 MB

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The Cuckoo's Egg: Inside the World of Computer Espionage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Mangler More than 1 year ago
Cliff Stoll's non-fiction account of the events that lead him to unwind the trail of European hackers in US research and defense computing resources during the late '80s. Cliff has a way with words that allows for those who may not be the most well-versed in 'Computerese' or IT-jargon to understand exactly what is going on throughout this suspenseful yarn, yet thorough enough to satisfy the curiosity of a systems administrator. An all-time favorite story, I've purchased this book several times over the years--now it's finally come to the Nook store so I can have it with me where ever I go. Ace!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book.. Literally could not put it down. Even the 'geek lingo' was written so the average person could understand it. A must read!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
EXCITEMENT AND a true story about how hacking has changed and how some laws were established to help catch them.
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Another Day at the Collider: The Cuckoos Egg written by Clifford Stoll has stolen my heart. I started and finished this book in 2 days, I couldn’t put it down! The book isn’t excessively short, isn’t an easy read per say, but it really is an attention grabber. Starting out in California with our main character Clifford becoming a recent hire at the astronomy lab at the hill you can tell from the beginning this book was written by a scientist. Every number is carefully remembered, every detail well documented and random tangents which aren’t always relevant ever present. But all of these little things contribute to tell a truly thrilling tail of pursuit through the maze of an infantile global network of computers. The voice and style of writing throughout the book are simple, and to the point. But I believe this added to the book, making the somewhat advanced computer programming jargon quite accessible to the tech-impaired. Since the book is based off a well documented court case there are many transcripts of exactly what the hacker is doing and how he’s doing it. Clifford uses these transcripts beautifully by combining them with footnotes and stroke by stroke explanation. The cat and mouse game played out through 323 pages will keep you reading, with new and different twists and turns constantly shifting the entire focus of one Berkley hippy. Some of the greatest twist of course coming from out Berkley hippy dressed in corduroys and a Hawaiian T-Shirt strolling into high level military and F.B.I. buildings to tell them that they had missed something. All of these meetings add an incredible edge of comedy and really show the Juxtaposition between 2 worlds which were about to collide big time. I would suggest this book to people who have any interest in the beginnings of cyber security, or where the internet and hacking became a serious problem for our government.  This book is one of the reasons we all have to have 14 character passwords with every letter of the alphabet, numbers, and social security number for our Starbucks account. This book is also really great if you just like to know a few basic computer language things to impress your friends with! You’ll be able to talk all about the Gnu-Emacs hole and how it affected modern cyber security (even if it’s not relevant at all, you’ll still sound way smarter than you actually are!) I advise you to purchase a copy right now, and in a day when you’re done reading come back and let everyone else know just how much you liked this excellent thrill of the chase novel. 
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Lofar More than 1 year ago
The theme of book still lives today. The same mistakes are being made by network administrators, management, and law enforcement. Cyber crime victims rarely know they are victims. This book illustrates that 20+ years ago this was an issue and today is more of issue because of how much more we are connected.
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