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The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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3 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Nice one!
17 April 2017 | by abrunfthirschSee all my reviews

I do security response for a living. It is amazing how this guy was doing the same sorts of things almost 30 years ago as we do today. The technology has changed but the thought process hasn't. The way he hooked a logic analyzer to a tty, and set it to page him when it saw a certain word was essentially an early network intrusion detection system.

The hackers were similar too. They set up shop on a series of vulnerable intermediary machines (Berkley, MITRE) to mask their activities from their actual target (military).

I'm just really glad my job has never required an oscilloscope to measure round trip times for packets.


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