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Publisher Description

Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand account is "a computer-age detective story, instantly fascinating [and] astonishingly gripping" (Smithsonian).

Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. The hacker's code name was "Hunter"—a mysterious invader who managed to break into U.S. computer systems and steal sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own: spying on the spy. It was a dangerous game of deception, broken codes, satellites, and missile bases—a one-man sting operation that finally gained the attention of the CIA . . . and ultimately trapped an international spy ring fueled by cash, cocaine, and the KGB.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
1989
September 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
326
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Piggle2303 ,

Adorably dated

A classic for folks in the infosec community, this reads as quaint. It gets repetitive in the middle and the witty asides are pretty corny, but the end is worth the read.

Coltraning ,

Love this book!

First read this book in grade school. I’ve read it probably more than a dozen times. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Thanks, Cliff!

nallfesio ,

Eggcellent!

Suspenseful, well written (for non technical audiences) and engaging! Highly recommend!

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