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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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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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.

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