The Cuckoo's Egg Paperback – 12 Apr 1991
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About the Author
When, to the delight of the baffled FBI, CIA, and NSA, Cliff Stoll nailed his spy, he wound up on the front page of The New York Times. The story, broken in 1989, quickly gathered headlines across the nation and Stoll became a genuine, if somewhat unlikely, American hero.
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 our times. He has given talks for the FBI, CIA, and NSA, and has appeared before the U.S. Senate. Stoll is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This one's true.
In the Eighties, Clifford Stoll ran out of money for his research into Astronomy at the University of Berkeley and was 'recycled' into the lab's computer division. A couple of days into his new job, his boss brought an interesting problem to his attention, their accounting software - logging, and charging for, time on the mainframe - was missing 75 cents. Would he like to look into it?
A year later Clifford Stoll had tracked a hacker across half the planet, through dozens of supposedly secure military and civillian networks, he'd interfaced with a dozen or more three-letter agencies (CIA, FBI, NSA, CID and more) and become one of the world's most respected experts in computer security.
I wish I had half the brains this man has. I'd reccomend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in the internet, computer security, networks and other computer related hardware. The book'll leave you feeling like an idiot, but you'll love every second.
Although the OS etc.. are completely out of date the mindset of the hackerand the persuer, the dogged determination on both sides to obtain whatthey want out of a man made system was certainly a revelation to me andhighlights that in this domain although the systems have become moresophisticated the people have the same motivations. The sections onwanting to keep openess at the expense of security have unfortunatley beenlost on the interent as we all have to have firewalls and plough throughmountains of commerical websites generating annoying pop up menus.Read more ›
The story of this book is largely Clifford Stoll's battle to get the FBI, CIA and numerous other agencies to recognise what was going on and act upon it. This despite the fact that the target of the hackers were predominantly military computers.
In my view, it is not a spy saga, as another reviewer refers to it. Instead it is a fascinating celebration of human curiosity. It is a gripping account of the dogged persistence in problem-solving, that separates an ordinary techie from a brilliant one.
Written in a simple style, it does not seek to alienate the non-techie reader, adding to its appeal. More intriguing is the fact that it is a real story from an era when the web was not as evolved as we know it now. In that it also becomes an interesting historical narrative of some of major technological developments in that era. To enjoy this book would take only some curiosity, that will take you through to the end of the story and some desire to see a challenge carried through to its deserved conclusion. Highly recommended.
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Great service. Book as described and arrived (in Aus) well ahead of schedule. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by a reader
One of thise book that is hard to put down. Well written and inspirational when studying computer skills.Published 4 months ago by Ole Bjrsvik
An exciting easy read that gives real insight into the challenges of cyberspace. It's vital that we learn the important lessons of cyberspace history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PAUL WITHERS
Fascinating story of real-world global hacking during the early years of the pre-cursor to the Internet. A must read for anyone interested in Computer Security.Published 5 months ago by Watford1975
Took a while to arrive but everything was as described. Still reading the book so can't comment on thatPublished 7 months ago by Mark-H
It could of had half the pages and been just as good. Worth reading just to remind you of what things were like in the dawn of the internet age, however that was then, and the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Davee