The cuckoo's egg: tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage

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Pocket Books, 1990 - Computers - 356 pages
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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 users 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 plunging into an incredible international probe that finally gained the attention of top U.S. counter-intelligence 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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Good story, good writing, excellent plot! - Goodreads
The pace is quite good. - Goodreads
Nice introduction to the need for information security. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed the story and style of writing. - Goodreads
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It's a real page turner I've re-read a few times since. - Goodreads

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

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This is a real-life spy thriller centered on computer hacking and espionage on high-end military and research establishments in the US. Because it is real-life, we don't see hot blondes, wild car ... Read full review

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

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About the author (1990)

Cliff Stoll 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 the 1990's. He has given talks for the FBI, CIA and NSA, and has appeared before the U.S. Senate. Stoll, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for astrophysics, lives in Cambridge with two cats that he pretends to dislike.