The Cuckoos Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage Clifford Stoll

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The Cuckoos Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Clifford Stoll
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From the inside-front of the dustjacket:Cliff Stoll had just started work as a systems manager running a huge central computer in a Berkeley lab when he was given the job of figuring out why the carefully-kept user accounts for the month were out byMoreFrom the inside-front of the dustjacket:Cliff Stoll had just started work as a systems manager running a huge central computer in a Berkeley lab when he was given the job of figuring out why the carefully-kept user accounts for the month were out by 75 cents. From this tiny beginning Stoll found himself plunged into an incredible true adventure – a search, spanning continents and lasting many months, for a mysterious hacker using the California computer as an electronic way station to infiltrate dozens of other systems, including the most sensitive military, scientific, and intelligence networks in America.Here, in a book that ‘reads with all the tension and excitement of a fictional thriller’ (Publishers Weekly) Cliff Stoll tells the story of his quest.

To begin with it was a lonely one – his employers begrudged him the time he was spending and neither the CIA, the FBI or other Government agencies could be bothered to help. (‘Look kid, did you lose more than half a million dollars?) But he persisted, stalking his prey through international networks and phone linkages- at one point inventing an entire program filled with phoney secrets in order to keep the hacker on line long enough for tracers to pin him down.

In the end, after a whole year of sleepless nights and frustrating days, Stoll at last gets his man – in Hanover, West Germany! – and discovers that the culprit belonged to a ring selling information to the KGB.Computer espionage is a matter of vital current interest, possibly the most important security issue of the 1990s. ‘The Cuckoo’s Egg’ is the first book to demonstrate, with irresistible excitement and readability, just what goes on – and how – in this shadowy world of super-users and cyberpunks. Even the computer-illiterate won’t be able to put in down.”



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