The Cuckoo's Egg

Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Hardcover, 326 pages

English language

Published Feb. 23, 1989 by Doubleday.

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The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage is a 1989 book written by Clifford Stoll. It is his first-person account of the hunt for a computer hacker who broke into a computer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Stoll's use of the term extended the metaphor Cuckoo's egg from brood parasitism in birds to malware.

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Great introduction to information security: spies, philosophy, and so much more.

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This book is an excellent introduction to hacking. It's great for beginners as it explains concepts on a fundamental level. It asks moral questions surrounding information security and who protects users. It is also a great starting point for people who need to see the picture of their learning or are struggling with being interested in learning about information security.

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