The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
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.
Publish date: September 13th 2005
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 399
Edition language: English
, Computer Science
, Spy Thriller
, True Crime
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...
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...
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?