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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage - Clifford Stoll
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781416507789 (1416507787)
ASIN: 1416507787
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 399
Edition language: English
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A busy person's reading blog
A busy person's reading blog rated it
4.0
Read this some time ago, and again recently. When I first read it, it described a world of mainframe computer users that was exciting but out of reach. Now it seams like a history lesson. It shows just how far we have come in computer development and even more in adopting the "connected world". Howe...
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
3.0 The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
Once again, Goodreads screws up the publishing dates! The original publish date was 1989, so as computer literature goes, this is a period piece. Before the mainstream public knew anything of an "internet", there was BITNET (a linkage of corporate and university mainframes), and a skeletal governmen...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
As well as a gripping techno-thriller, it's also a sweet romance, and includes a great chocolate-chip cookie recipe. Stoll never sets out to be a hero, he's just a problem-solving grad student, who becomes really dedicated to solving one particular problem.I wonder how dated it seems now?
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