The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll

by Paul Balogh.

I hadn't read an actual book in a while, so I picked up this offering. I recommend it as a decent read for those who are interested in the discovery and pursuit of a hacker.

The book is about an actual incident circa 1986. The author was a System Administrator with a university in Berkely, CA. While investigating an accounting issue for network usage charges, he discovered that a hacker had obtained root access to his systems using a security hole in GNU Emacs. From there, the hacker was able to use the school's network as a gateway to hack into other systems, including military networks. The book also shows how, at the time, laws and jurisdictions for cyber crimes weren't really in place.

You can find the book on Amazon.com.

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Another great book is Fun With Java by Milton Wallace Benstein. This is a story about the confilcts between being a Jewish programer and the complex world of flux capacitor theory. Truley a man torn by the reality of life and fantasy fuel creation.
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"Fun with Java" was a great book. However, as a man of science, labeling flux capacitor theory as "fantasy" is wrong and hurtful.
Posted 11 years, 2 months ago by Bill Nye • • • Reply
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I remember rendaig the "Cuckoo's Egg" as well - although it lead me more down the Security route. The other book that influenced me was "Takedown" about the capture of Kevin Mitnik.As I don't actually do forensic work per se at the moment - I find the academic puzzle and the technical challenges comprise the main part for me - but I do relish the successful application of the knowledge by others ! It is, after all, what it is all about :-)
Posted 4 years, 10 months ago by Matilde • • • Reply
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Posted 6 years, 10 months ago by Anonymous • • • Reply
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BS low - rationality high! Really good asnewr!
Posted 4 years, 10 months ago by Loran • • • Reply
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I recommend it as a decent read for those who are interested in the discovery and pursuit of a hacker. This is a story about the confilcts between being a Jewish programer and the complex world of flux capacitor theory. Truley a man torn by the reality of life and fantasy fuel creation.What else can I say about this post? It;s boring and adds little value to the discussion of this issue. Try harder next time.
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