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CUCKOO'S EGG [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Clifford Stoll
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26. September 1989
Clifford Stoll was running a central computer at a Berkeley lab, and was asked to trace a 75 cent error in the user accounts. This began a hunt for a hacker who was infiltrating sensitive American networks. This is the story of how Stoll exposed an international spy ring selling secrets to the KGB.
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 326 Seiten
  • Verlag: Doubleday (26. September 1989)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385249462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385249461
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 16,5 x 24,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (61 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 346.456 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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A sentimental favorite, The Cuckoo's Egg seems to have inspired a whole category of books exploring the quest to capture computer criminals. Still, even several years after its initial publication and after much imitation, the book remains a good read with an engaging story line and a critical outlook, as Clifford Stoll becomes, almost unwillingly, a one-man security force trying to track down faceless criminals who've invaded the university computer lab he stewards. What first appears as a 75-cent accounting error in a computer log is eventually revealed to be a ring of industrial espionage, primarily thanks to Stoll's persistence and intellectual tenacity. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Tom Clancy A spy story for the '90s -- and it's all true.

Chicago Tribune 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.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Stoll's is the ever-appealing story of the little man bucking the system...great fun to read...lively and thoroughly absorbing.

The Seattle Times Fascinating...a nonfiction account that reads like a le Carré spy novel.

Cosmopolitan Nothing short of fascinating...Even if you don't know a byte from a bagel, The Cuckoo's Egg will grip you on page one and hold you as ferociously as the best mystery...It's the intensely human, often funny voice of the man on the trail that makes this book so wonderful.

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

New York Newsday Stoll is the electronic equivalent of Indiana Jones...Grab the book. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant. 14. Juli 2000
A really great read for techies and non-techies alike. Despite being written more than 10 years ago, it remains timely. I would say even a book for the cusp of the new millenuim. This is where the cops and robbers of the future will take place - in cyberspace. Thanks for being one of the pioneers, Cliff!! JG
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This is an exciting and gripping story of a system administrator's life. One day, he discovers a hacker who is constantly breaking in into computer systems. When he begins to chase the hacker, he eventually finds out that it's not just some youth having fun reading other people's files. And you are going to hold your breath while following the administrator's every move.
The book's well written and funny. Its philosophy is somewhat anarchist, as is usual for computer freaks, and pretty ironical towards the US government institutions. I'm glad to say that the hero, looking like just another leftist jerk in the beginning, goes through a significant attitude change when he realizes that there are countries much more evil than the United States of America.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Now it's time for the Hunter to become the hunted! 14. Dezember 1999
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This was the second computer security book I read and it was like adding flame to a fire because it increased my curiosity and prompted me to want to know more about it, so I ended up reading Cyberpunk by Katie Hafner and John Markoff to get a more inside look. If you start reading it then you'll probably finish it the same day. It talks a scientist that stumbles on a mistake in the accounting part of his job as a scientist at Lawrence Berkely Lab and he makes the mistake into a chase through cyberspace. In the book the author takes on the role as a modern day Sherlock Holmes and in the end he realizes that it was only elementary.
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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific Book 8. Juni 2011
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I really loved the book. I was surprised - why had I never heard of this book earlier. Anyway, better late than never.

Towards the end (actually the last 30 pages or so) it gets a little slow. I would have given a score of 6stars if those 30 pages were compressed into 20 pages or so.

Do pick this book if

a) You are in for a fast ride
b) You have some basic know-how of computers/networks/unix.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A spy story set in the time of early Internet 13. April 2000
During his first week as a system administrator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, Cliff Stoll noticed a mismatch of $0.75 in the total sum produced by two different programs used for system accounting. Within a day or two, he discovered that the system he is in charge of has been broken into. Most people would at that point shut the security hole, thus perhaps throwing away excellent material for a book. Dr. Stoll instead decided to track down the intruder, a quest that occupied most of his time for several months. His chase brought him in contact with several three-letter agencies, as well as celebrities Luis Alvarez and Bob Morris Sr.

Dr. Stall put considerable efforts to make descriptions of technical details as non-technical as possible. Still, enough details are preserved to bring fond memories to all those still remembering the BSD and System V Unices, VMS and early Internet. More amazing for me, however, was his deep and profound trust in the government agencies. In short, all of them wanted him to continue the chase while refused to help him in any way; requested information from him and at the same time giving no valuable information in return. As a topping, after Markus Hess -- the cracker Stoll has been chasing for month -- was arrested, FBI refused to release any information to Dr. Stoll and requested him to keep quiet, while at the same time leaked the story to a German magazine. Still, the whole episode seem to strengthen his belief in the government agencies, even more so when he discovers that the intruder is from abroad. Now if this is not patriotism, I do not know what it is.

All in all, the book reads as a very readable spy chase -- and a true one. Dr. Stoll writes well enough to succesfully convince even a non-American reader that he was doing the right thing and Hess was not. Well, almost.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riveting, Relevant Now, Deep Insights 8. April 2000
This is an absolutely riveting story of how a brilliant physicist, assigned as an initiation rite to track down the reason for a 75 cent error in the computer accounts of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, ultimately identified and nailed an East German electronic espionage specialist. In passing, he outlines with great preciseness the insecurity of the entire U.S. government, military, law enforcement, business, and academic electronic communications and computing network, and reveals the total fragmentation as well as the general ignorance of almost all of the US and international organizations associated with these networks.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen mostly interesting 8. April 2000
when i started reading this book i couldn't put it down. for the first half it was fast paced, and then it slowed down to a trickle. for the most part stoll provides an accurate portrayal of his attempt at tracking "the hacker", and is consistent in writing style, although unsophisticated. he shines in writing about student life, dealing with fbi, cia, and other organizations, and trying to explain the intricacies of unix in layman terms. he fails in moving the story forward to keep up with the pace he set initially. overall an impressionable first effort.
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