Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll


"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."

My thoughts:

A well-written and engaging book about the early days of the Internet (then called Arpanet) and the frustrating attempts of Stoll in getting the various government agencies to understand the danger posed by hackers. The book also documents Stoll's personal career change from astronomer to computer security expert.

Date finished: 2/9/2007
Book No.: 14
Rating: 4
Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0671726889
ISBN-13: 978-0671726881
Publisher: Pocket
Year: 1990 (reprint)
No. of pages: 356
Binding: Paperback

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