Recommended book: The Cuckoo’s Egg

After reading a review of The Cockoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll on I just had to check it out. I bought that book and a social engineering book by Kevin Mitnick called The Art of Deception.

The Cockoo’s Egg is based on a true story. It was technically accurate and exciting. I liked the book, never read anything like it and I’m now looking for more books in this genré. Be it fictional or not, I want more.

Here’s a summary of the book that I snatched from some savvy website:

Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized users on his system. The hacker’s code name was “Hunter”– a mystery invader hiding inside a twisting electronic labyrinth, breaking into U.S. computer systems and stealing sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own, spying on the spy– and plunging into an incredible international probe that finally gained the attention of top U.S. counter-intelligence agents. The Cuckoo’s Egg is his wild and suspenseful true story– a year of deception, broken codes, satellites, missile bases and the ultimate sting operation– and how one ingenious American trapped a spy ring paid in cash and cocaine, and reporting to the KGB.

Review on the Art of Deception is coming up shortly.

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