The Cuckoo's Egg
Also, a favorite passage, as he explains what the "Internet" is:
"At first, DARPA's network [the Internet] was simply a test
One small gripe though - the author seemed way too self conscious about his political identity add a result of cooperating with the guys in suits. Was he trying to spin it as an internal struggle between who he was, and who this experience made him become? Not buying it, Cliff.
Here's the synop: Cliff Stoll is an astrophysicist who knows just a little something about computers (obviously a lot). He's living at UC Berkeley in the early days of the internets. One day he discovers a 75 cent accounting error (this is back before AO...more
I'm fascinated with computer crime. I have for as long as I can remember being interested in computers. Somehow I had never managed to read this book.
I'm glad I finally got around to it. It might be my new favorite. Cliff Stoll tells an engaging and personal story of his discovery of computer networks, security exploits and computer crime that reads more like a spy novel than a tec...more
Then I got married, and we got real bookshelves instead of boxes, and I put the book on the shelf because it was hardbound and hardbound books show that you are a serious, thoughtful person.
Then my Uncle Steve came over from Florida and started telling me about a book he had read, a tr...more
Crazy cool true story about an astronomer-turned-sysadmin at Berkeley in the 1980s who decides to track down a 75 cent accounting discrepancy in server usage, and turns into a year-long hunt to track down a sneaky computer spy operating for the KGB. Covers several severe holes in Unix security, but emphasizes that the weakest link in security is almost always from human operators.
Very engaging read, tore right through i...more
While in the astrophysics program at Berkalurk, young Clifford Stoll is asked to look into an extra couple cents being charged for their computer use. What follows is the discovery of an East German (Cold War era mind you) hacker using Berkeley's computer network to enter private miliary networks.
This is one of the most realistic novels on hacking you could find. Forget the deck's of Gibson and the 3D, motorcycle racing or Stephenson, this is...more
It's the story of a sincere Berkeley liberal who came to see conservative establishment types as fellow human beings, to the confusion of those closest to him. Candid, thought...more
Cliff Stoll simply found a...more
It's also sort of like a movie I would have loved to have seen. I can just imagine the full hippie scene..."Be Polite Now" to the "expensive suits with no sense of...more
Cliff Stoll, an astrophysicist, had to take a job running computers for the Lawrence Berkeley Lab when the funding ran out for his research. One of his first assignments was to track down the source of an accounting error th...more
Published in 1989, it details Stoll's attempts at tracking down a hacker who has broken into the Lawrence Berkeley Labs computer system. As Stoll fell into the role of systems manager almost by accident (he was an astronomer by training) he does an excellent job of covering the then-current state of networking at a fairly basic level. Anyone with general computer knowledge should be able to follo...more
Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand account is "a computer-age detective story, instantly fascinating [and] astonishingly gripping" (Smithsonian).Cliff Stoll was an ast
The book is based on the author's encounter with a German hacker way back in the 80's. It starts with the author, an astronomer at The Lawrence Berkeley lab, getting intrigued by a 75 cent error thrown b...more
Absolutely fabulous writing...you'd expect - from the subject matter - that this would be as dry as a bone. But it's not. NOT AT ALL!
Sometimes I have trouble following a whodunit. But not here -- it's all laid our it clear, concise lucid writing that Stoll also manages to make engaging through his characters.
I do like the story and I think it's at least fairly well paced and well written, with some carefully chosen spots for short diversions into completely unrelated moments that only serve as contrasts to the main theme of the book.
There is a big amount of repetition in the book, however. Not just of happenings (can we blame Stoll for noting that his intruders only logged in a few minutes... again...?) but of phrases and remarks about people and agencies. Stoll...more
Stoll tells his story...more
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