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The Cuckoo's Egg
#1  LDB 10-05-2020, 03:14 PM
If you haven't read The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll you should give it a look.
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#2  JSWolf 10-05-2020, 03:32 PM
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If you haven't read The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll you should give it a look.
Can you please explain why we should give this book a look?
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#3  Dr. Drib 10-05-2020, 03:37 PM
Quote LDB
If you haven't read The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll you should give it a look.
Give me your reason, and then I'll make a decision on whether to "give it a look".

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#4  j.p.s 10-05-2020, 10:42 PM
Quote JSWolf
Can you please explain why we should give this book a look?
Quote Dr. Drib
Give me your reason, and then I'll make a decision on whether to "give it a look".
I have no idea whether either of you should read it, but it is a memoir of an astronomer roped into system administration dealing with a cracker trying to break into his system in the time shortly after the internet was opened to the public. It's sort of a spy thriller where all the action is online. In addition to having to outwit the cracker, he has to deal with clueless bosses and government officials. IMO it is interesting and well written.

By the way, the cracker had broken into military and industrial computers all over the world, but Stoll was the one who tracked him down.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Stoll

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markus_Hess

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cuckoo%27s_Egg
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#5  pwalker8 10-06-2020, 06:07 AM
I read it long ago in paper. I think the original event was back in 1989. Think War Games or Sneakers, but in real life. I enjoyed the book a lot, but of course I'm a programmer who had to dabble in computer security during that time period because someone had to do the job and I got nominated. The book was a best seller, so it wasn't just computer geeks who liked it.
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#6  Pulpmeister 10-06-2020, 06:20 AM
I read it years ago too. I think I still have the book one the shelves somewhere.

Think techno detective story, as Stoll eventually triggers an international investigation.

Well written, fascinating piece of history.
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#7  pdurrant 10-06-2020, 06:33 AM
I too read it many years ago. Well written (IMO) and an interesting insight into early espionage hacking.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoos-Egg-Tracking-Computer-Espionage/dp/1416507787

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available as an ebook!
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#8  JSWolf 10-06-2020, 08:17 AM
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I too read it many years ago. Well written (IMO) and an interesting insight into early espionage hacking.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoos-Egg-Tracking-Computer-Espionage/dp/1416507787

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available as an ebook!
It is available as an eBook in the US. It's not available as an eBook in the UK.
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#9  LDB 10-06-2020, 11:22 AM
Others have done a fine job but I'll respond since I was asked. I guess I should have said a bit more but I thought Amazon does a great job in their blurb and folks would just "give it a look". My recollection is there was a 50 cents discrepancy in the billing in the computer lab. That caused Cliff Stoll to investigate and eventually led to a global hunt for hackers and spies. It is a very engaging "what happens next?" work.
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#10  JSWolf 10-06-2020, 04:20 PM
Quote LDB
Others have done a fine job but I'll respond since I was asked. I guess I should have said a bit more but I thought Amazon does a great job in their blurb and folks would just "give it a look". My recollection is there was a 50 cents discrepancy in the billing in the computer lab. That caused Cliff Stoll to investigate and eventually led to a global hunt for hackers and spies. It is a very engaging "what happens next?" work.
The reason I asked is because a book can have a description that sounds good but the book is not really all that good. Given what you and others have said, I will give it a go. Thanks.
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