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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage Paperback – September 13, 2005
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I knew Stoll's work through the more technical article "Stalking the Wily Hacker" and was pleasantly surprised to see how well Stoll was able to translate the technical side into a book-length narrative. IMO, this is significantly better than other more recent books about computer crime and still worth a read today (both for information and entertainment). Highly recommended.
Dealing with the CCC (Chaos Computer Club), Hunter (the main hacker), and the different networks will really make you think and keep you on your toes. Read it and see for yourself just how intense the experience will be. I advise you to get some sleep before you start because you probably won't be getting any anytime soon.
Science is precise, and therefore Stoll began an investigation that ended up changing the intelligence community. His extensive testing and experiments revealed not only unauthorized access, but also the flaws of computer security. He studied the methods, the data path, and the signals (both false and true) through an electronic maze that eventually led him to "Hunter."
Early in his exploration, he discovered a six-second-time delay between transmission and receipt. It took three seconds for the data link from New York to reach Berkeley. What happened to the extra three seconds? Stoll reevaluated his findings, and eventually found the three missing seconds. It was the transmission time from Europe to New York.
The Cuckoo's Egg is Stoll's incredible story that eventually led to Hunter, a group of computer hackers and spies who were connected with the KGB and operating out of Germany. They had used our own services to piggyback onto valid signals. They jumped from system to system randomly to meet their goal. They obtained entrance to highly classified government sites.
This is the suspenseful, true story of one scientist's ingenious methods that brought down a spy ring. I read this book when it was first released and treasure my copy. Clifford Stoll had included his e-mail address, and graciously responded to my questions.
This book is not out-of-date. It opened the door to the world of computer investigations. The story is fascinating, and the writing is excellent. Five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading articles saying this is a must read for anyone in the IT field I decided to pick it up. Really great read.Published 3 days ago by trashtalkdstroy
It was a great suspenseful mystery story I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to see how he was going to trace this hacker.Published 5 days ago by Edwin Mizrahi
I had a hard time putting down this book, and I subscribed for future books by Clifford stollPublished 26 days ago by raymond f
Wonderfully quirky and very well written account of how a very teeny accounting discrepancy led to a major cyber-crime group. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cameron K.
I read this back in the early 90's, reading it now was just as much fun. I teach APCS and help with a networking class. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonard klein