The next day n3m0 arrived for work early. Usually he was very tired in the morning, but today he had been eager to get to the office.
“Howdy partner, did the land lord throw you out?” Thomas laughed looking down at his watch.
“Is that why you’re here so early every morning?” n3m0 realized he wasn’t annoyed with his coworker. Today is a happy day.
“TouchÃ©, so what’s up?”
I’m going to fry the network. “Not much,” n3m0 shrugged, his mind was on the CD disc in his backpack.
“Did you catch the game last night?”
“No, for god’s sake,” Thomas made a swing in the air pretending he was holding a stick. “The hockey, we won.” His slapshot looked ridiculous.
“Nope, I was busy, I missed it.” Did it ever occur to him that he’s the only one interested in that stupid game?
n3m0 was helping someone over the phone when the other person suddenly asked:
“Hey, are you listening to me?”
Nope, n3m0 thought. He was thinking about the security Exibice had in place to protect their network. “Could you repeat that, the line seems to be bad,” he said.
“All my files are gone!”
Where do you think they went? “How do you mean ‘your files are gone’?”
“When I press open, they are gone.”
Wohoo, don’t get to technical on me. “When you press open?”
“Yes to get to my files, they were there yesterday. My laptop might be getting to old.”
Laptop? “Did you bring your laptop home yesterday?”
“Yes, always, so I can work.”
You mean so your kids can play games. “Ok, press the start button and click on Command Prompt.”
“Do you mean DOS?”
“Yes DOS, then you type net use and enter.”
“It didn’t work.”
“Didn’t work? How to you mean?”
“It didn’t find anything, it says no entries.”
“I’m going to need you to reboot your laptop.”
“But that takes for ages.”
I’m so glad I won’t be doing this anymore. After a few minutes he was able to get to his precious files again.
Back to business, n3m0 knew the sysadmins were following all kinds of security and hardening guides for the network. He had done a few probes in the past but always hit a solid wall. n3m0 didn’t consider himself to be a script kiddy, it is a tough network but not that tough.
Some time back n3m0 had found out that Exibice had violated law number three. Isn’t that a shame. n3m0 thought.
It turned out to be a very busy day and it flew by. n3m0 shut down his computer and made a show of saying good bye to everyone still working. He left the cubicle farm in a hurry and found a storage room for office supplies where he hid.
It was getting close to five, n3m0 set an alarm on his watch for 11 p.m. He dug up his iPod from the backpack. Time for some Hybrid Theory, he settled in to wait as Linkin Park began to sing for him.
[tags]security, stories, fiction, insider threat, disgruntled employee[/tags]
Nice site! I have no idea how I got here (links from someone I’m sure), but I got here, read around, and then read all the backstories. I like your writing style. It feels very focused, fluid, and full. Hope you continue to write these for some time to come!
Patrick Ogenstad says
Thanks 🙂 I’ve seen you over at SecurityMonkey’s lair so I would guess that’s where you come from.
Hopefully I will write for as long as people are willing to read, so I would guess this is for “some time to come”. But you know lack of time is a killer 🙂
Yup, that’s probably where I wandered in from. 🙂