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The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  3 October 1990 (USA)
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In 1986, astronomer turned computer scientist Clifford Stoll had just started working on a computer system at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory when he noticed a 75-cent discrepancy between the charges printed by two accounting programs responsible for charging people for machine use. Intrigued, he deduced that the system was being hacked, and he determined to find the culprit. This is the re-enactment of how he tracked down KGB cracker Markus Hess through the Ethernet to Hannover, Germany, as is told in his best-selling book _ The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage_ (1989). Stoll has become a celebrity for being, as he terms himself, "a computer contrarian." Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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WELL worth seeing if you get a chance!
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How this terrific PBS/Nova film could possibly have been allowed to go off sale is impossible to understand. This documentary/reenactment manages to tell most of the story of Clifford Stoll's best selling "The Cuckoo's Egg" with Clifford portraying himself. It is as lively and entertaining as the book itself, if not more so, and clearly articulates many of the issues associated with computer-based spying. A terrific example of how much energy a documentary can have - it will be worth the search at your local library or public school. Good luck!


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