CUCKOO'S EGG

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 23, 2012 - True Crime - 326 pages
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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 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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Good story, good writing, excellent plot! - Goodreads
I was also slightly disappointed with the ending. - Goodreads
The pace is quite good. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed the story and style of writing. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - DaniŽl Crompton - Goodreads

It was my first computer crime book about a real computer crime. It was awesome. Read full review

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

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Cliff Stoll was an astronomer with solid computer skills working at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in California, a free spirit who vaguely identified himself with left wing politics and saw the ... Read full review

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

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