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The Cuckoo's Egg

The Cuckoo's Egg

“The Cuckoo’s Egg” is a thrilling tale of the eccentric (search videos of his lectures on Youtube & you will see what I mean) astronomer Clifford Stoll’s journey to find the cause of a $0.75 accounting issue on the computer system at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. This seemingly mundane issue quickly revealed itself to be something much more mysterious. After discovering that the accounting error came from an unknown person using 9 seconds of uncharged computer time, Cliff began a multi year investigation that reads like the plot of a spy movie.

Possibly more entertaining than the twists & turns of the tracking of the hacker is Cliff, with his laid back, hippy, quirky personality, interacting with higher ups at the various intelligent agencies.

Truly a great example of perseverance & tenacity, “The Cuckoo’s Egg” will inspire you to let your curiousity guide you no matter where the path might take you.