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on 8 January 2014
I couldn't put this book down. In the midst of all the exposures of the workings of government by Snowden and Assange, this is a tale of the opposite - one man's battle to expose a computer hacker who threatened the heart of the US military machine. I won't spoil the book by revealing the ending. I shall say no more, for fear of doing just that!
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on 31 August 2013
Having worked with computers in various roles for the last 30 years I found the book fasinating. Now with the firewalls, virus detection programs and tracking facilites of the internet it was interesting to step back in time and remind myself of what it was like in the eighties. An excellent and compelling read, I could not put the book down.
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on 25 April 2015
Back in the days before it was illegal to try to hack into someone else's computer- and the authorities had too few resources Cliff Stoll became the sleuth. Hampered by his lack of jurisdiction progress was tortuous but chronicled in detail. This is a surprisingly riveting read and an insight into cross jurisdiction law enforcement.
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on 9 March 2016
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. Stoll's account, occuring in the late 1980s, reads like a thriller but the issues will be familiar to information security professionals today.
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on 19 November 2011
This is a book that you really will struggle to put down. What adds to the draw of this is that it is all true. If you have an interest in computing it is a must although you can still enjoy even if you know nothing about computers.
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on 29 March 2015
One of those books you could sit down and read from end to end. Very well told and shows how infuriating it must have been that nobody really cared what was happening to their computers except Cliff Stoll.
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on 1 April 2002
Like the previous reviewer said, this man has brains...
Knowing next to nothing about computers, and thrusted into the position of looking after a bank of Californian Super Computers, Clifford Stoll was in an unenviable position. Soon, he was rubbing shoulders with the 3 letter "entities", as they came to be called, and tracking a faceless spy on the other side of the Earth.
Cliff describes his frustrations, his joy, everything - amazing book! Buy it!...
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on 24 November 2016
Reveals so much about the incompetence and irresponsibility of the large corporations. Also provides a facinating insight into the early days of computing. Great stuff!
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on 23 February 2016
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.
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on 9 December 2014
A fascinating book about the hacker and the man who brought him down. Very funny and also very interesting read. A page-turner. Highly recommendable.
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