“The Cuckoo’s Egg” – Great Read!
A while back, I had the rare opportunity to sit down and enjoy a good book. Well, actually, it took many sittings, in between everything else. It was “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage”, by Clifford Stoll.
All I can say is WOW!. It’s a true story about a guy who really isn’t all that computer savvy, yet gets a job working with high-end systems at Berkeley. A minor system accounting error turns into a huge trek down the road of tracking a hacker through a maze of connections and red tape.
The story takes place in the late 80′s, however, I found that it still pulled me in. The way he used the technology available at the time and the process he takes you through as he painstakingly tracks the hacker keeps you wondering what you would do and what will happen next. You get inside the mind of Cliff and learn a lot about what the hacker is thinking as he penetrates system after system, leaving a trail of evidence behind him.
Stoll did a great job of making it interesting for the geek and non-techie alike. There’s just enough explanation for a non- savvy type, but a lot of techie gems for a true geek. I highly recommend this book. Check it out!