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

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Doubleday, Sep 1, 1989 - Computers - 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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I read this book decades ago and have bragged about it to friends over the years including last night. Am glad you have a reissue....I lent my copy to someone and never saw it again and dont remember which friend.Great unbelievable story but its true! Read full review

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Stoll is an astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory who became a computer security expert when his persistence in chasing a computer hacker in West Germany led to the crackdown of an ... Read full review


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Stoll, an MSNBC commentator, lecturer, and Berkeley astronomer.