Thursday, December 23, 2010

The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same: Reading "The Cuckoo's Egg"

What rock was large enough that I somehow was unaware of this book's existence the last 20 years of my life?

I just finished reading The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll. The book is based on the true account of Cliff Stoll's experience tracking a hacker through a laboratory computer network at Berkeley in the mid 1980's. The author quickly finds himself in a year long obsession that involved military targets, several US government agencies, and law enforcement from multiple continents.

The story completely sucked me in. The amazing part is more than 25 years later, with the exception of bandwidth and the shear number of targets, not much has really changed. Detective book fans will enjoy it. Security geeks will love it. Incident Responders should be required to read it.

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