The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

by Cliff Stoll, Cliff Stoll
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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll, Cliff Stoll

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743411462
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

When, to the delight of the baffled FBI, CIA, and NSA, Cliff Stoll nailed his spy, he wound up on the front page of The New York Times. The story, broken in 1989, quickly gathered headlines across the nation and Stoll became a genuine, if somewhat unlikely, American hero.

An astronomer by training and a computer expert by accident, Cliff Stoll has become a leading authority on computer security, an issue recognized everywhere as among the most important security problems of our times. He has given talks for the FBI, CIA, and NSA, and has appeared before the U.S. Senate. Stoll is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love a mystery, this is a great one, and it's true, written by the man who solved it. Reading this was kind of like reading a Sherlock Holmes mystery in that it is a great story, even if the technology is out of date. Remember when, every time Holmes and Watson had to get to a potential victim to protect or warn them, they always had to track down a Hansom cab to physically go to the potential victim because they couldn't phone because there was no such thing as phones? This is sort of the same thing, because it took place about 25 years ago and deals with computers. Much of the computer technology taking place in Cuckoo's Egg is completely outdated and non-existent now. But that does not in the least detract from the story. I know nothing about computer technology and can promise you don't need to know or care anything about computers for this book to be completely engrossing. Just be sure not to read any of the descriptions on the book or on B&N website - they pretty much give the whole thing away.
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P-Shizzle More than 1 year ago
This book was actually given to me when I was in High School by one of my teachers. I started to read it and just couldn't get enough, the story is intriguing and just makes you ask for more. I believe I read the entire book in just one or two sittings, and have read the book three of four times since then for a pleasure read. I do have to say this book is what got me interested, and made me pursue a career in Network/Cyber Security. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read about a high profile hacking case that occurred when the internet was still in its infancy! Or to anyone who would enjoy a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cliff Stoll's account of the tracking of a computer hacker seems to have been written within our time, but actually dates back to 1986. Cliff's approaches to investigating and responding to this incident were innovative and probably influential to modern methods. I had fun reading this book as it was surprising and enlightening, most of the book is a page-turner although the last couple of chapters and bonus material are somewhat repetitive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down once I started. Its a bit dated if your current on comuters, but still a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A facsinating read, even for those who know nothing about computers. I couldn't put it down.