[IC] Hacker's Club


#1

Originally posted on old Rubi-Ka Buzz. This thread is the ic communication between characters involved in the cross-faction CoT hacking story arc. See OVERVIEW: The Hacking Storyline Thus Far for ooc background information.

A tiny opifex sits eating pizza in front of a grid-terminal in a slum town house.

“Woice psswrd: Afffa-Afffa-Whsskuh-…oh…” she swallows the pizza slice and leans towards the terminal again, repeating the authorization code.

“Ok, display that message again.”
 

[ENCRYPTED MESSAGE TO ID: ‘GUMIHO’ FROM ID: ‘KITTIEFIXIE’]

Hey, I’m getting back to you with some new intel about the hacking situation. We recently had a Council meeting and while I can’t tell you anything we discussed at it, I’ll let you know that afterwards I met up with a person who was there who had also lost one of his informants. He gave me a name of a person I should contact about a hacker club his informant had been a part of, Sirocco, and I recognised the name. I’ve had dealings with him before, see, and I remembered this chip he gave me then that was some sort of membership into a hacker club.

Anyway, decided to drop him a message about it, because it seems like a lead worth looking up. You know anything about him? Had any dealings with him before? If so, you might want to see if you have one of those chips. I’m going to try to get in, see if I can hear something from in there. Hackers sometimes like bragging about their hits even if most of them are sensible enough not to do so in public, so maybe we’ll get lucky?

I’ll also be looking for this person’s missing informant, even if that is secondary.

Oh, and I guess since it wasn’t really anything specifically to do with the meeting, I’m also attaching a strange message I got uploaded to my NCU.

Maybe that can be of interest to you as well? There’s talk about someone called Corker, or something called Corker. May be a call-sign or an alias of some sort? Hopefully there might be answers about that as well from Sirocco or the club, but we should probably be very careful not to ask too many questions without plausible reasons.

Graham is still missing, but I’ve started to put up posters now. Put a notice up on the grid too. I’m not mentioning anything about the connection to the hacker issue, but I figured setting up posters for a missing person makes sense and is innocent enough in itself not to be su****ious. I’ll let you know if I hear anything about that too.

Until then, stay safe and vigilant.
/Kittie
 


[ATTACHMENT 1]

[ENCRYPTED MESSAGE TO ID: ‘SIROCCO’ FROM ID: ‘KITTIEFIXIE’]

Hey, don’t know if you remember me, but it’s Kittiefixie again. You know a few years ago when I ran you some errands and you taught me how to hack the grid data stream to get into the Fixer grid? A few days ago I was rooting through some old stuff to see what I could get rid of and I found this Hacker Club membership chip I think I got from you around that time, if I recall things correctly.

You know if those Smokers are still active? I find myself in need of a new gig and I’m sure there are ways I could be useful if I could get in contact. Nowadays I’m a master meeper and I know my ways around this place.

As I’m a resident of Old Athen it would be easy for me to meet up with you again sometime if you’re still around down by the stream. Not many people around there usually, as we know, and I go by frequently anyway.

Please, get in touch. And be safe out there.

/Kittiefixie

[ATTACHMENT 2]

To: Me
Date: 01.08.29491
Subj: Re: Corker?

Yeah person. Sounds like a neut. Get this though:

:: BEGIN V2T LOG ::

210, CW actual. Send traffic.
Er actual, can you confirm corker is any force authorised? Over.
210, ready to copy. Apprehend target. Alias Corker. Faction zero. Clan harboured. Any force authorised. That’s straight from EP, 210.
whistles Copy. Break to relay.
_
:: END LOG ::

Could be to do with that hack? Big though… That’s OP-CW. Means clan territory op. Raids maybe. Call up the clanners, we’re eating well tonight.

QUOTED TEXT:

Dave,

Lots of Pol chatter. I’m hearing ‘apprehend order - corker’ a lot. Is that a person? A code? What?

 

[ENCRYPTED MESSAGE TO ID: ‘KITTIEFIXIE’ FROM ID: ‘GUMIHO’]

I remember him, old dude that likes to hang out by the water ways in Old Athen. I still have one of those chips, kept it mostly out of sentiment for old times sake. Right now, I don’t think you’ll hear much if I show my face around any hacker meet-ups. I’m pretty sure word has spread already of my spiffy job in an Omni-Com sub-department.

I’ve heard some chatter about this Corker from Pol but they’re not sharing information, at least not at my security clearance level. Will try and find out more. Is Dave the missing informant? Would be handy to have the dudes full name.

Nothing on Graham either. Security scan shows him as entering the station apartment but nothing shows him going out. I went in to check on that apartment, looks like the older neut lady who lived there is gone too. She has no family or anyone who would have noticed she was gone, a Teresia “Essala” Eskew if you come across that name. I got maintenance to let me in, the locks on the place show doors were last opened when your brother showed up, garage doors were never opened and grid terminal logs were empty. Ya got any ideas?
 

Peace.

/|_._|\
/ * * \
~ \./ ~
.GUMIHO


#2

[ENCRYPTED MESSAGE TO ID: ‘GUMIHO’ FROM ID: ‘KITTIEFIXIE’]

Hey, I want to let you know I managed to make contact with Sirocco and apparently the Smokers are a bit thin right now and could use some people. He’ll set me up with someone.

Right now, I don’t think you’ll hear much if I show my face around any hacker meet-ups.
I’m pretty sure word has spread already of my spiffy job in an Omni-Com sub-department.

I still put your name out there to him. People on the inside tend to have the best information anyway, so your position as someone on the inside should be more of a bonus. With you there and me at the Council we should be able to figure out what the heck is going on and who’s behind this no matter where they hide and their affiliation might be.

I’ve heard some chatter about this Corker from Pol but they’re not sharing information,
at least not at my security clearance level. Will try and find out more.

That sounds like a good start. It seems like it’s something really important and that finding out what that’s about will make other things clearer.

Is Dave the missing informant? Would be handy to have the dudes full name.

According to the person I talked to it might be a name or a hacker alias, but he also told me I should try to find ‘Corker’ first and that it’s more important. Maybe he thinks this Dave can fend for himself. He seemed kind of unconcerned about Dave’s safety and even his own, honestly? It stood out to me. I’ll see if I can get more out of him but I’m not sure even he knows more than that name.

Nothing on Graham either. Security scan shows him as entering the station apartment
but nothing shows him going out. I went in to check on that apartment, looks like the
older neut lady who lived there is gone too. She has no family or anyone who would
have noticed she was gone, a Teresia “Essala” Eskew if you come across that name.

Wait, Graham got into some apartment but never left but still wasn’t there when you checked in? The name ‘Essala’ sounds familiar, but I don’t know if it’s just because Graham talked about her so much. He was spying on her and took some photos, but as far as I knew he had no contact with her other than occasional greetings and waves. Do you know if she was in there when he entered?

It’s all so confusing. All these people going missing. Now we seem to have another one. How would this even be possible? Meeping out should make disturbances that can be noticed and recorded, and especially if done in a hurry.

grid terminal logs were empty. Ya got any ideas?

Maybe there’s a backup somewhere? Many people have things like emails stored on servers and terminals that aren’t their own. If we can figure out what services she used we might be able to find out that way. Some terminals send diagnostics that way as well, and that way we could see any deviations in data traffic going in and out through it and also where it’s going. Should be spikes in traffic around where the hackings took place and maybe other spikes for ones we might not know about yet.

Be safe, and good luck.
/Kittie


#3

Hey.

Any news on Corker from your end? I’m still looking into the Pol end of things, they’re keeping like totally quiet for once. Not much gossip around the Relax! bar. Must be big if they’re sticking to discipline.

I made contact with the hacker’s club dude in Omni Ent. They’re pretty spread thin, between OT-AF raids and sum dude trying to take over the slums, their ops were pretty messed up. They weren’t too happy to see me, since it was my old OT-AF unit that ran the raids, but I’m working on making friendly.

Since what I’m up to is part of an on-going investigation, I’ll have to keep to the books as much as I can on this. Passed on some of the info from you and Boss-dude ain’t happy about the disappearing informants. He don’t want us getting added to the missing persons list too so I’m to work with an agent on this one. Going to have some trigger happy hothead named Weaver on my rear from now on.

Maybe there’s a backup somewhere? Many people have things like emails stored on servers and terminals that aren’t their own.
If we can figure out what services she used we might be able to find out that way. Some terminals send diagnostics that way as well,
and that way we could see any deviations in data traffic going in and out through it and also where it’s going. Should be spikes in traffic
around where the hackings took place and maybe other spikes for ones we might not know about yet.

Dude, you’re missing it. There was -nothing- on her grid access terminal. The logs weren’t erased or stored someplace else, the old gal just never used the grid access terminal to leave her apartment. Only logs of her ever leaving or entering were through the front door. So like maybe she’s just one of the older folks that don’t like the grid or maybe the old gal was hiding something? Some folks with stuff to hide are afraid of the scans on grid terminals identifying them. But, the grid terminal was not used and the door logs show the old gall was in the apartment with Graham. They must have warped or beaconed out. Guessing it was someone skilled at getting individuals or a group of people evaced; or they were using a recall device of some sort. There are some medical peeps and others that use grid transfer nanos, but combined with the hacking issue I’d say it’s likely another fixer is involved.

 

Peace.

/|_._|\
/ * * \
~ \./ ~
.GUMIHO


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