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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage Paperback – January 1, 2005
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-- The Seattle Times
"Stoll's is the ever-appealing story of the little man bucking the system...great fun to read...lively and thoroughly absorbing."
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Cuckoo's Egg is 'reader friendly,' even for those who have only the vaguest familiarity with computers...a true spy thriller....The hunt is gripping."
-- Chicago Tribune
"As exciting as any action novel....A gripping spy thriller."
-- The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
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.
- Publisher : Pocket Books (January 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 399 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416507787
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416507789
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyway, a lot of sysadmins learn their trade because they are thrown into the fire without any prior experience, as happened to the author of this book, and it's entertaining to see him, a computer novice, teach himself what he needed to know to track down a hacker and to educate the U.S. military people in the process. I also found it interesting that, despite the fact that the author was basically a liberal, "anti-establishment", ex-hippie, he nonetheless felt such a sense of pride in his computer network that he was offended that a hacker should be in there mucking around, and this feeling of "ownership" and "responsibility" for his network spurred him on to try to catch the guy.
If you don't know anything about computers, you'll enjoy the book because, not only does the author explain concepts in layman terms, but as others have pointed out the book itself reads like a spy novel of sorts, and there's also quite a bit of humor thrown in, so it's quite entertaining overall.
*Note: Just a few weeks ago in 2017 Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting bureaus in the U.S., allowed a back door to their data and over 141 million records were stolen, including mine. Think your personal information is safe online? As long as businesses and government politicians continue to deny problems and under fund data security none of our personal information is safe.
If you are not a "techy", don't let it deter you. The author explains all of the technology that he speaks about in very easy to understand terms, and uses a lot of good analogies. I would put this book up against just about any spy novel out there.....The only difference is that THIS IS TRUE!
..and it all started with a 75 cent discrepancy.
These days Stoll rebuilds mechanical calculators and occasionally teaches physics. His connection to hackers as a destiny is well expressed in these pages of computer espionage, mysterious protagonists, and dangerous elements of deception and military spying targets.
"Come into my parlor", said the spider to the fly. Are hackers perceived as spiders and vulnerable websites as potential prey? Read chapter 13 for some clarity.
Chapter 14 defines the sophistication and Nordic mental challenges of many computer buffs and countless hackers. Author Stoll sees current events as "him against me".
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If i was a teacher, lecturer or mentor in Cyber security/Network Security this would be a compulsory read!
This account of the first ever ad hoc network monitoring, using printers connected to incoming modem lines, makes me realise how far we have come. While the technology has changed, the threat faced is still the same. Universities and Military organisations are still regularly attacked.
This book is a must read for anyone in the cyber defence industry, but also an enjoyable novel for anyone interested in espionage or computer warfare.
I have given this book 5 stars. Less for the writing ability and story (which are also great) but for the fact that this book will go down in history as THE book to read on network defence.