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

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, 1989 - History - 326 pages
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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User Review  - Kaethe - LibraryThing

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? Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

I was ready to give THE CUCKOO'S EGG a mere four stars, because this is just not really the kind of book I normally read. But then I decided that wouldn't be fair, or an accurate reflection of how I ... Read full review

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Clifford Stoll is an astrophysicist who wrote The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage, a non-fiction work about Stoll's discovery of a hacker accessing sensitive U.S. government networks and then selling the information to the KGB. Stoll has also written Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway, a book analyzing the present Internet usage.

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