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Cuckoo's Egg

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 01, 1990 – Astrophysicist Stoll's pursuit of a hacker trying to access American computer networks led to the discovery of a West German spy ring. ``A quest that reads with the tension and excitement of a fictional thriller,'' asserted PW . ``Although best appreciated by the computer literate, even illiterates should be able to follow the technical complexities with little difficulty.''

Customer Reviews

A classic!

Great read for anyone interested in the early days of hacking.

Best Spy Novel

Disclosure: I know Cliff Stoll, and he is indeed one of the rare people who lives to the fullest every moment of every day. He's a purest and a caring individual. While we haven't spoken in years, I look forward to the next time I get to.

For anyone caring to understand the beginning of the internet, the beginning of cyber-spying, the ineptitude of the federal government, the end of the cold war, the life of a university graduate student, and the inventiveness of a great mind, this book is for you. I don't think Cliff would consider himself an author first, although he has written a few books; rather, he simply tells the true story in crazy detail of how he single-handedly identified one of the first internet spies. You will NOT want to put this book down.

Too Long

The actual storyline and overarching message is entertaining and relevant even today...but, the author wastes several hours and hundreds of pages on worthless gibberish!!

Cuckoo's Egg
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: True Crime
  • Published: Sep 26, 1989
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 326 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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