“The Cuckoo’s Egg”

egg“The Cuckoo’s Egg” by Clifford Stoll was fascinating the first time I read it in 1989, and when I saw it on one of the “books to read” lists on Goodreads, I eagerly reexamined it. It is still compelling today, just in a different manner. The technology has changed, but the crime and the chase have remained the same. The incredibly cat and mouse chase through what was then just the beginnings of the internet still kept me on the edge of my seat, remembering dial-up, dot matrix printers, and long distance phone bills.

In the end, “The Cuckoo’s Egg” is computer hacking at its beginning, and it serves to remind us of the benefits and detriments of a cyber-dependent society. Today, internet crime is rampant on so many levels and it still takes skilled and observant people to combat it.

Read and remember, and if you do not remember, read and learn.