Books and Articles Mentioned in the Bibliography of The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll

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Last month I finished reading The Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll. It’s the true story of on of the first documented spy attempts through the Internet and other networks. Although it’s written in - and from the perspective of - the late 1980s, it is still relevant to today.

Cover of the Cuckoo's Egg

I’d highly recommend it to anyone. And even non-technical people would enjoy it - it expects no understanding of technical or hacking jargon, and explains it as it goes.

At the end there’s a bibliography, so I figured I’d help out future readers and link to the various books and articles it references.

First, Mr. Stoll lists a couple of articles he wrote from his experience described in the book. There’s Stalking the Wily Hacker (also available on, an awesome site on its own) from the May 1988 issue of the Communications of the ACM. And there’s What Do You Feed a Trojan Horse? (on page 240, which the link should take you directly to) in the Proceedings of the 10th National Computer Security Conference (September 1987).

He also mentions Defending Secrets, Sharing Data: New Locks and Keys for Electronic Information (which he says is “available from the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA-CIT-310” but the link I provided is from the Office of Technology Assessment Archive.

As to books, he lists the following:

So if you enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Egg and want to learn more, here is some further reading.

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