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By JoAnna Parker Martin

“The Cuckoo’s Egg” by Cliff Stoll is a thrilling true story that provides a unique perspective on the early days of computer security. The book follows Stoll, a good-natured and quirky systems administrator at a government laboratory, as he discovers and tracks down a German hacker who has infiltrated the lab’s computer system. Stoll’s persistence in his pursuit and his passion for technology and science are evident as he uses his expertise to unravel the mystery and bring the hacker to justice.

The story is both suspenseful and educational, providing readers with a detailed account of the processes and technologies used to detect and stop cybercrime circa the mid-1980s – before standard operating procedures ever existed. Stoll’s writing style is clear and concise, making even the most technical aspects of the story accessible to a wide audience. The book provides a fascinating look at the early days of the internet and computer systems, but still manages to highlight the importance of cybersecurity in our modern digital world.

The author’s attention to detail and his dedication to the case make “The Cuckoo’s Egg” an engaging and captivating read. The story is not only a thrilling mystery, but it is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of technology. Stoll’s experience and expertise in the field give readers an inside look at the challenges and triumphs of the early days of cybersecurity.

Overall, “The Cuckoo’s Egg” is a must-read for true-crime fans or anyone interested in technology or cybersecurity. The book keeps you entertained all the way through and I highly recommend it. Whether you’re a seasoned tech expert or just a curious reader, you won’t be sorry for picking up a copy.”