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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. September 2005

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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.

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"Fascinating...a nonfiction account that reads like a le Carré novel."
-- 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

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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
AND
b) You have some basic know-how of computers/networks/unix.
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Wunderbares und Super spannendes Buch über die Anfänge der Computerzeit und der weltweiten Vernetzung. Auch für Laien und für Leute, die die alten Rechner gar nicht mehr kennen zu empfehlen. Vielleicht gerade für die, denn fast alles, was damals ein Thema war, ist heute noch mindestens so aktuell.
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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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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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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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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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This book suceeds on many levels. Its a well written suspenseful spy novel that evolves very smoothly and engages the reader very early on. It is also an excellent description of computer / telecommunications technology that most anyone can understand, since he goes to the trouble to stop and explain, in laymens terms, UNIX utilities, daemon outputs, satellite technology, and microwave-oven protocol (check out the sneaker-melting fiasco on p 269). Stoll proves to be hell-bent on capturing the rogue user despite the lack of support from superiors and government agencies, and the toll it takes on his personal life. His frustrated accounts of his treatment at the hands of federal agencies as he petitions assistance from the FBI, the CIA, the NSA (among others) in capturing this potentially dangerous mole are testaments to the power of beaucracy in this country. However, he still manages to humanize the employees of these otherwise caricatured federal agencies by describing them as real people who want to help, rather than just surly trench-coated spies. I especially enjoyed reading about Stoll's low-tech solutions to slowing the hacker as he rifled through delicate documents by jangling keys over the connector to resemble static (simply cutting the line would have tipped the hacker off). This is a very enjoyable book, and I'd also recommend the reader try to find a videocassette copy of the NOVA TV special on PBS. Although it loses a lot of the book's details in the attempt to condense into one hour, it allows the viewer to see and hear the author, one of the quirkiest, most entertaining techno-goobers you'll come across.
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