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

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This book really surprised me. For a true story, it was actually a very good read. What that means is that it was written like you'd expect a fictional story to be told. And, despite all of the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Surprisingly good, and reasonably exciting. Though I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hadn't heard of ARPANET or UNIX. It describes 80's computing concepts well, but there's a lot of jargon for people with no previous interest in 80's computing. Read full review

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

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