The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionageby Cliff Stoll, Cliff Stoll
Pub. Date: 10/01/2000
Publisher: Gallery Books
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 mystery invader hiding inside a twisting electronic labyrinth, breaking into U.S. computer systems and stealing sensitive military and security… See more details below
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 mystery invader hiding inside a twisting electronic labyrinth, breaking into U.S. computer systems and stealing sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own, spying on the spy and plunged into an incredible international probe that finally gained the attention of top U.S. counterintelligence agents. The Cuckoo's Egg is his wild and suspenseful true story a year of deception, broken codes, satellites, missile bases, and the ultimate sting operation and how one ingenious American trapped a spy ring paid in cash and cocaine, and reporting to the KGB.
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I am buying this copy because I wore the old one out after reading it from front to back at least 5 times. This true story never gets old. If it were possible, I would give it 6+ stars, it is just that good.
When I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I usually read before I go to sleep and the only reason I did put it down was so that I could get a couple hours of ZzZ's. Cliff Stoll went through an amazing journey of trying to catch a computer hacker that lasted over a year. There were many times when I tought Cliff had caught the hacker but unfortunately he couldn't catch him. Overall, this is an amazing book, whether you like computers or not.
While reading this book I often said to myself, 'Cliff is about to cath the hacker. But it's only the third chapter!' This book immediatly grabs the readers attention and takes them on a wild ride through computer networks. You think the hacker will be caught at any moment. An adrenelin rush forces you to read on. Then the book takes an unexpected turn, causing the reader to return to their normal heart rate. Stoll and the hacker play game of cat and mouse throughout the book, instantly reviving the readers adrenelin rush, then depleating it just as fast as it had come. This game of cat and mouse only prolongue's the exciting ending.
I couldn't put the book down once I started. Its a bit dated if your current on comuters, but still a great book.
A facsinating read, even for those who know nothing about computers. I couldn't put it down.