The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage

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By (author) Cliff Stoll

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  • Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 30mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0743411463
  • ISBN 13: 9780743411462
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 496,436

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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 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 plunged into an incredible international probe that finally gained the attention of top U.S. counterintelligence 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.

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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.

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"The New York Times Book Review" As exciting as any action novel...A gripping spy thriller.