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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

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This is the true story of how a systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab singlehandedly tracked down and helped capture a computer hacker who had ... Show synopsis

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SDSBrooklyn

Computer spies of yesteryear

by SDSBrooklyn on Jul 15, 2010

This is one of my favorite all-time books. It is clearly dated and of little technical interest any more, but the writing is pleasant, and the story is timeless. Synopsis: True story of a Berkeley post-doc who, trying to reconcile 75-cent discrepancy in computer account, uncovers foreign intruder using Berkeley system as gateway to US military installations. One reason I enjoy re-reading it periodically is that I used most of the now-obsolete computer systems, including PDP-8, PDP-10, VAX, and KERMIT file transfer software. I personally experienced the friendly conflict in the opening chapter between the VMS and UNIX gurus (I come down on the VMS side) and I especially appreciated the vignette in which it was concluded that the intruder was not from California because of his UNIX dialect.

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EXweatherman

Enjoyable and information IT novel

by EXweatherman on Oct 15, 2009

Great book. You'll learn about it history Linix commands or a bunch of other stuff without even knowing. Would highly suggest it to any looking to better understand networking.

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