Event horizon

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A brawl right under my nose

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19th March, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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2nd day after my exams. Of course, I was going to have a Maths exam the next day, but I definitely didn&amp;amp;#039;t feel like preparing for it at the moment. So, among other things, I&amp;amp;#039;ve been browsing the game. After a week of two of barely logging in, I had quite a few things to do. For starters, my IP mission had been ready for about a week now, but hasn&amp;amp;#039;t not been completed yet, as I knew that with the amount of IP masters I sent, it would be a load of work to go through all of the IPs in the report. Of course, I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t mistaken. I don&amp;amp;#039;t dare counting all the IPs I had to go through, but I can say that I have found 59 new unique IPs in that one report... my best until then was 28... And that&amp;amp;#039;s considering that less than every 4th IP was a new one, so I had a quite the amount of work to do.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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It was about 19:00 server time when I was nearing completion of this tedious task, I noticed a strange thing... somebody had just applied to join the organization. I hadn&amp;amp;#039;t seen a new application ever since NAMs last announcement, so I was definitely not expecting to see one for another month or more. Apparently, the person who applied was trondelo, a person who had recently joined the game and who I probably encountered last night. After some work on the org forums to have them look a bit tidier for the new member, I accepted the application, as always, and sent the usual welcome e-mail. I did see via the &amp;amp;quot;Online&amp;amp;quot; page that trondelo was online, but he seemed to be busy at that moment, so I returned to preparing for my exam (though not that focused on it &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":/" title=":/" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":/" title=":/" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; )&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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A couple of hours later, I noticed that trondelo was on the bar chat, so I came into the bar as well. After a short chat, trondelo told me that he had found an IP with golden software the other day, but lost access to it soon after. I became interested in finding out more about that IP, as there were only a few hackers that had golden firewalls (due to a bug with crafting preventing the ability to produce anymore golden firewalls), most of ehich were organization members, so I was afraid that somebody in the org had been hacked... again... Therefore, I asked trondelo if he remembered the IP he hacked. Unfortunately, he responded that he did not, but he said that he could check his logs for the server he had found the IP on... unfortunately, he posted a server&amp;amp;#039;s IP in full on the bar chat... Well, that&amp;amp;#039;s only a problem if somebody else was online, but at that moment we were the only people online, so it didn&amp;amp;#039;t seem like a problem at that point... or rather it wasn&amp;amp;#039;t until engie unexpectedly crashed the party all of a sudden...&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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At first I didn&amp;amp;#039;t even notice that engie had come online, so when I noticed that somebody had said that the IP trondelo posted seemed like his own, I initially thought that trondelo had accidentally posted his own IP. Only a minute later did I realize that there was another player in the bar (not my proudest moment... :$). And it wasn&amp;amp;#039;t surprising that engie had seen the posted IP and decided to hack it, but what I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t expecting was for trondelo to connect to the IP and use the logs to trace engie. It didn&amp;amp;#039;t take long for engie to notice that trondelo had connected to his computer and started cracking his security, so he used the newly created logs to counter-hack him. A few moments later, engie announced that he had already gained access to trondelo&amp;amp;#039;s computer, checked his logs and instpected his software and hardware specs, while trondelo had only done 50 damage to engie&amp;amp;#039;s security. So, their little brawl was already over and I was the idiot who missed the battle &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":/" title=":/" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/irritated.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":/" title=":/" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;. Afterwards, engie changed his IP to prevent anyone fom hacking him again any time soon and, as it turn out, trondelo was using his sub server, which only had basic software, for hacking, which was why he wasn&amp;amp;#039;t able to damage engie&amp;amp;#039;s security much (though I wonder why he did not just use password changing to kick engie out -_- ).&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Some time later, I was about to log out, so I decided to look through all of my servers&amp;amp;#039; logs for any intruders before turning in for the night. Most of my servers were clean, but I did notice some intruders on 2 of them. The first one was hacked by one person, who also installed a virus on the server. I was about to ping that IP, but then I realized that the IP seemed familiar and, after checking the IP list, I confirmed that the IP belonged to trondelo. Apparently, I had accidentally left the IP of the server on the list under the &amp;amp;quot;other players&amp;amp;quot; category (2nd most embarrassing moment today... this is becoming quite the habit :$). The 2nd server had 2 intruders, 1 was trondelo, but I had no idea who the other was. As trondelo was still online, I asked him whether the 2nd IP was his, but, apparently, it wasn&amp;amp;#039;t. I then checked the list to see if the IP was on it... and, apparently, it was engie... And then I realized the most obvious and embarrassing thing this day... the IP that trondelo shared on chat this day and which I did not check myself yet... was apparently one of my servers... So the best battle in the last two weeks happened on my server... and I just let it pass, without even knowing it, right under my nose... JUST... NOT... MY... DAY!!!&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, I made more embarrassing mistakes today than I care to remember, and I am quite disappointed that I just let an opportunity like this pass by so easily. Even though I had known engie&amp;amp;#039;s IP for about a month now, I doubt that there will be any new interesting battles for another few weeks.

An interesting comeback

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18th March, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Ever since NAM announced that he would be focusing on preparing for his exams and that there wouldn&amp;amp;#039;t be much of any updates until after his exams, the game has been steadily dying down. The bar, which was once an active community hub, where you could find someone to chat with every day (though usually only during certain hours), has now been reduced to a ghost town. Needless to say that even I, who also had exams to prepare for, became a lot less active than before, only logging in for a few moments every day to check whether anything new was happening (of course, nothing was happening &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":(" title=":(" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":(" title=":(" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ).&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Today, after my first exam and over a week or so of only briefly logging in, probably because I was too exhausted after my literature exam (4 hours on a composition - not the most interesting activity, especially when your own composition makes you feel sleepy -_- ) and I was, of course, procrastinating to prepare for the next exam, I decided to log on for awhile longer and get a few things done, starting with going through all of my servers to check for any new logs, as I&amp;amp;#039;ve only been checking a couple of my servers.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Though my main server had not been touched at all throughout the past few weeks (even though I hadn&amp;amp;#039;t even once changed the IP during the time &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":|" title=":|" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":|" title=":|" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ), some of my sub servers were attracting some attention. As I have a LOT of spam minions and, therefore, I create a LOT of logs when collecting my earnings, I had decided to use my main proxy&amp;amp;#039;s IP as bait to draw in unsuspecting prey to hack into the server and create logs with their IP, which I could then use to counter hack them &amp;amp;gt;; ). Over the past couple of days (when I actually bothered to check the logs of at least my main proxy server), I had found a couple of new IPs on the proxy, which was only natural, as I hadn&amp;amp;#039;t even once changed the IP of the server, so that it would fulfill its purpose of being bait. Unfortunately, until today, the 2 or 3 IPs that I did manage to find were quite disappointing - just a couple of new players that didn&amp;amp;#039;t even bother to get better software or hardware (nor change their IP after hacking &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":|" title=":|" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":|" title=":|" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ).&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Because of having no luck of getting any interesting IPs on the logs, I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t expecting to find anything good today either. But, when I actually checked my proxy&amp;amp;#039;s status, I was astounded. Aside from the fact that my basic log software from the server was missing (I&amp;amp;#039;ve only kept basic software on the computer, as I knew that somebody would eventually hack it, so there was no point in leaving anything valuable on the server), I noticed a never before seen event - somebody had actually installed viruses on the computer. When I checked the logs of the proxy, I noticed that the same IP, 92.244.xxx.xxx, had created a page worth of logs with all of his connections, transfers etc. . Of course, I was expecting that such a player, naturally, would have changed his IP by now, but I still pinged it, just in case.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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To my surprise, the IP turned out to still be valid, so I immediately connected to it and found out that the server&amp;amp;#039;s security level was 300, in other words, he had a pro firewall and anti-cracker running, so I rushed to crack the security of the server as soon possible. Turns out, the player had 1 copy of each available pro software and did NOT think of changing his IP after hacking someone &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/surprise.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/surprise.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/surprise.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":O" title=":O" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/surprise.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":O" title=":O" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;. As this guy had hacked me first, I decided to make away with all the pro apps he had to teach him a lesson about hacking me and NOT changing his IP afterwards &amp;amp;gt;; )&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Happy with finding such a juicy prey and making off with a nice bundle of apps, I decided to go to the bar to check if anyone was online. Although nobody was online (as usual -_-), I did notice another anomaly - some new player, named trondelo, had recently posted a blog article that wasn&amp;amp;#039;t gibberish (OMG... some new player is actually active?! - I thought). After checking the new player&amp;amp;#039;s blog and posting a comment on it, I decided to check my logs one more time and to stash away the day&amp;amp;#039;s bounty before logging off. But, when I checked the logs, I was surprised to see that someone else had just connected to my proxy. I immediately changed my password, of course, to kick the hacker out to keep him busy, while I counter-hacked him, but that&amp;amp;#039;s when I realized something &amp;amp;quot;Oh sh*t, I haven&amp;amp;#039;t stashed my loot yet&amp;amp;quot; - with that idea in mind, I immediately changed my IP and began transferring the bounty to another one of my servers for safe keeping and using a log encryptor to erase all traces of the transfers.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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As I had just changed the IP of the proxy, I couldn&amp;amp;#039;t use the same proxy to counter-hack the hacker, as then he&amp;amp;#039;d be able to re-hack it as soon as I connect to his computer, so I decided to use another server that I had purchased for the job. I connected to the hacker and was about to start cracking his security, when I remembered one important detail - the proxy I was using did not have any apps installed yet... -_- . I rushed to the newbie server to get my hands on something that I could use for hacking. The transfer did take several minutes to be completed, but, luckily, the hacker still hadn&amp;amp;#039;t changed his IP, so I returned to cracking his security. However, just a few moments after I had gained access to the server, I was kicked out... The hacker finally realized what I was doing and changed his IP. With nothing left to do, I changed my own IP as well, and went back to preparing for my next exam.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, this was quite an interesting day in the game (the most interesting in the past week or two actually) and I am glad that I decided to stick around a bit longer today.

A clash of power

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7th February, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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It was late evening, around 22:30-23:00 server time. I had some guests over today, so I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t able to monitor the game constantly and only now, after an hour or two after my last check, I was able to check up on the game. The first thing I did was to check if anyone was online. In the past, this was actually a hard thing to do, unless you were friends with another player, which allows you to see when was that player was last online, otherwise, if the player wasn&amp;amp;#039;t in the bar chat, nor was (s)he posting in the forum, it would be impossible to tell if the player is online. However, awhile ago, certain beta testers were given access to quest management - given authority to create new quests for the game, which would, of course, need to go through authorization by NAM to be accepted as an official quest. While this doesn&amp;amp;#039;t seem to have anything to do with player activity, quest management wasn&amp;amp;#039;t the only thing we received. We were actually given a mini-administrator bar at the bottom right side of the page that, aside from the quest management feature, also included &amp;amp;quot;Online&amp;amp;quot; and &amp;amp;quot;Stats&amp;amp;quot; pages. The latter is only worth checking if you are interested in game statistics, on the other hand, the former allowed us to see which players are online at the moment. And it doesn&amp;amp;#039;t stop there - the page also includes some quite interesting information about the player, for example, the amount of money the player has on hand (it doesn&amp;amp;#039;t show the money in the bank though, which might actually be a good thing, as then I would definitely be called OP, even though I actually have no use for the money I have in the bank, as my money on hand is more than enough for my day to day needs), as well as the computer the player is connected to at the moment and the how long was it since the player registered. Even though I did mention on the game&amp;amp;#039;s Facebook group that these two pages weren&amp;amp;#039;t exactly necessary, nobody even seemed to notice my comment and the &amp;amp;quot;Online&amp;amp;quot; page did allow me to see when there was somebody online who I could talk to on the bar and to check for any new players, so I ended up using that page a lot.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Anyway, at that time, I noticed that engineer13 was online. What&amp;amp;#039;s more, he was connected to an IP (175.159.xx.xxx) that I had no memory of (and my list of IPs is HUGE and keeping track of it is a pain in the a**). After I went through my list, I confirmed that I had not found that specific IP yet, as it wasn&amp;amp;#039;t on the list yet. Of course, the IP research merc. tasks that I regularly do practically net me the IPs of probably every player in the game at the time of the task, so I could have just pretended that I did not see that IP and wait for it to appear in my next IP research report, as I do not like abusing power. Easier said than done though. I was very tempted to hack that IP ahead of time for several reasons: 1)I was bored - nothing interesting has happened in the game for awhile (going through a list of 80 IPs doesn&amp;amp;#039;t count... that&amp;amp;#039;s just an annoying task that I have to do every couple of days and I am lucky if I actually find at least 1 IP that is active and that I can have fun with &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ); 2)Engie had managed to acquire a pro log encryptor of mine recently (that&amp;amp;#039;s another story :$) and, of course, I wanted it back; 3)I have been wanting to test cracking a player that had above 150 security to see if cracking was actually working properly, as I had started one-crack hacking other IPs awhile ago, even though I used to do 75 damage/crack, which wasn&amp;amp;#039;t even enough to crack a full basic security of 100.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Well, after a couple of minutes of consideration, my not so iron will finally crumbled - I decided to take a risk and hack that IP. I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t planning on hacking engie, even if I found his IP in the logs, as I made a promise to myself that I would limit my usage of the powers that I had, but I knew that engie also had access to the admin bar (as I was the one who told him about it and advised him to apply for quest management as well), so he was bound to notice my actions, if he checked the &amp;amp;quot;Online&amp;amp;quot; page before I managed to get out and, truth be told, I was actually expecting him to do so (that&amp;amp;#039;s how he managed to notice that I was connected to his IP and was trying to retrieve a log encryptor, which I had installed to cover my tracks last time, after all). By the time I managed to crack the IP, install an encryptor, hide my logs and retrieve my encryptor, engie had already noticed me (big surprise... -_-). Even though engie had hidden his logs on the IP, so I couldn&amp;amp;#039;t trace him (unless I uploaded a log decryptor, but I decided not to), he did, as I found out later, manage to get a glimpse of my IP in the logs, before I was able to hide them.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Engie was actually silent for a few minutes. He even logged off, as I could tell by checking the &amp;amp;quot;Online&amp;amp;quot; page, so I made a great mistake of letting my guard down. When I checked on player activity several minutes later, I noticed that engie was back and was connected to another IP... a strangely familiar IP... &amp;amp;quot;Oh s***, he&amp;amp;#039;s connected to my IP now!&amp;amp;quot; - was my immediate reaction. Since I had some practice with jonc some time ago,it only took me a few minutes to realize my next course of action. I immediately went to my computer and checked on my security - still standing, so I still had enough time to counterattack, especially since he just left his address in my logs by connecting to my computer. Even though I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t planning on hacking engie at first, because I didn&amp;amp;#039;t exactly use legal means to find out who he was connected to, but things changed now that he hacked me first - I had a sufficient reason (more like pretext really) to hack him myself in return.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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His security was impressive to say the least, 330 (the same as mine) and I knew that he only had about a minute or 2 of a head start, in other words, I should still have enough time to crack him before he could crack me. A crack lasts 3 minutes and 45 seconds for me, so, while waiting for it to finish, I kept my eyes on my own security... which, strangely, didn&amp;amp;#039;t seem to be damaged during that time. I found out why after my cracking procedure was finished... After the timer expired, I was surprised to see that I managed to get into the server already, even though engie had over 300 security, which should have required multiple cracks to take down (I thought that my theory of cracking being broken was proven at this point). That&amp;amp;#039;s when I decided to look for my lost encryptor and noticed that something wasn&amp;amp;#039;t right... starting with the max security of the computer being changed to 0 to only a basic antivirus present on the computer... (insert a donkey or lollipop image right here for dramatic effect and comedic relief... if the situation isn&amp;amp;#039;t comedic enough &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;).&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, there goes my dream of retrieving my encryptor and my theory on cracking isn&amp;amp;#039;t yet proven either, as it seems, though I can&amp;amp;#039;t say that this situation wasn&amp;amp;#039;t interesting. &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/wink.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/wink.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/wink.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=";)" title=";)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/wink.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=";)" title=";)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;

Two new members, one strange weekend

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2nd Feburary, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Sometime between 20:00 and 21:00 server time, I met osilver in the bar. It was nice to finally have someone to chat with in the bar after a few days of being alone in the bar. During our conversation, I learnt that he was having financial problems, as he had accidentally produced more hardware than he had planned, which drained his cash supply. At this point, I was asked if there was a way to level up fast. The fastest way to level was, of course, doing cyber crimes, but, unfortunately, they require minimum level 5 to access and osilver still had about 3 levels to go, which meant that this option was still unavailable to him. Training was another way to earn exp, but all training facilities required a subscription to access and could only be used once every 12 hours... Not exactly a fast, nor cost efficient way to get exp... Then, another idea came to mind - IP cracking, which grants 10 exp per each IP cracked, at the cost of only 1 energy, therefore, this method was actually a nice way to level up for beginners... except that this method required having a long list of IPs or enough cash to get a decent amount of assistants for IP research... neither of which osilver had. Having run out of ideas on how to help the guy out, I thought I&amp;amp;#039;d invite him to our org., as one of the perks of being a member was having access to the org&amp;amp;#039;s shared IP list. Shortly after, a new member had joined our ranks.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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I still had a few new IPs to check, crack and analyze before going to bed, while osilver had an even bigger list of IPs to crack, so the conversation in the chat died out, especially since we started communicating via PMs. After about 30 minutes I was finally done checking the new IPs - nothing out of the ordinary as usual - all inactives, as it seemed, but I did leave a few spyware apps on the ones that I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t completely sure about and spammed the ones that I deemed as inactive.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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3rd Feburary, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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As I logged in today, I noticed that, for some reason, my spam minion count decreased slightly. At first I thought that I had wrongly assumed that some active IPs were inactive. But, strangely, some of those inactives turned out to be rather old IPs that haven&amp;amp;#039;t been online for about a month or so, which was awfully weird. As I connected to one of them, I noticed that nothing much had changed about the IP - it still barely had any apps, while the computer&amp;amp;#039;s resource usage still showed a virus present - a sign that the scan was initiated by another player who implanted the virus after the scan. That&amp;amp;#039;s when I remembered that osilver had commented about several IPs on the forum and when I compared the IPs that he was using for spam with my minions that were acting up, I figured out that he was the one to run those scans. After confirming my suspicions via PM (there goes my hopes of having someone to track down and have fun with &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":(" title=":(" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/frown.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":(" title=":(" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ), I was left with nothing else than to check my minions one by one to get my notes on the minions, which I was actively using for spam, up to date as, apparently, osilver&amp;amp;#039;s actions screwed up my list (for some reason, I had more spam active than my notes said I should, which made no sense at all).&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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However, running through about or over 100 IPs to get my list straight is... a very tedious task to do and I was just not in the mood to do focus intensively on it, especially since there weren&amp;amp;#039;t any non-allied players online at the time. Therefore, I would set up a connection and get back to reading a novel or watching anime, only checking up on the IPs during short breaks. Eventually, at about 17:47 server time, I connected to 138.140.xxx.xxx and was completely surprised to see that a scan was running on the computer, with only 8 minutes or so till it was finished. This was an IP that was among the several ones that I had found the day before and deemed as inactive, as only the basic firewall and antivirus were running - a sign that the player stopped playing the game just after completing the tutorial, therefore I had installed my spam on this computer. As my virus would have been deleted by the scan and I had only a few minutes to get my spam out, I immediately started downloading my spam back. Luckily, the transfer only took 5 minutes, while the scan would still take about 7-8 minutes to be completed - more than enough time to safely retrieve my app.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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When my app was safe, I got back to the important question of who started the scan. The computer still had only a basic firewall and antivirus running as before (even though it did have an anti-cracker running as well, but I might have missed it before), so I was beginning to think that this might have been osilver&amp;amp;#039;s doing again, but I didn&amp;amp;#039;t see any logs that could confirm that and there was another strange thing with this IP - even though it was running a scan with a basic antivirus, it also had a standard antivirus installed, which it did not have before. No sane player would install and leave a better than basic antivirus installed on another player&amp;amp;#039;s computer, especially if a basic one was running a scan at the same time. Another thing I noticed was that the computer was now using a CPU with the power of 35.... &amp;amp;quot;Could this player actually be active?&amp;amp;quot; I thought to myself and decided to install a spyware on it, in case the player changed his IP. As a scan had just been completed, my app would be safe for at least the next 6 hours before scanning becomes available again.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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4th Feburary, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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It seemed like an ordinary day in-game. Barely anyone was online and the people that did come online did not visit the bar. My latest IP research merc. task, which takes about 33 hours to complete, as I always use a lot of assistants for the job, was finally finished and I had a new report of over 60 IPs to check for any new IPs. When I was finally done with the tedious task of going through each of the IPs one by one and comparing them with the org&amp;amp;#039;s IP list, finding about 6 new IPs to hack, I noticed an unusual notification on the org page - &amp;amp;quot;1 application pending&amp;amp;quot; - which meant that somebody had just applied to join the org. I say unusual, because, till today, all of the applications that I had seen were sent by people that I had met on the bar chat and invited to join our org., however, I hadn&amp;amp;#039;t seen anyone on chat this day, so this new application caught me by surprise.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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The application was sent by fireskull98, a player who I haven&amp;amp;#039;t seen neither on the bar chat, nor the forums. As the org is open to any new members with no specific requirements yet, I accepted the application right away. However, by the time I finished writing a welcoming email to him, he had already logged off and without posting the first digits of his IP on the forum. Because of that, I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t quite sure which of the IPs I had found was his, so it was likely that one of the new IPs belonged to him. After waiting for him for a few hours with no avail, I decided to continue hacking all the new IPs until I found his. However, none of the 6 new IPs were his, which meant that I probably already cracked it before he joined the org., most likely one of the few IPs that I deemed as active. And wouldn&amp;amp;#039;t you know it, the first IP I tried was a bullseye and, of course, it was the same IP that almost managed to wipe my virus yesterday... and just when I thought I had someone to play around with -_-&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, this was a rather unexpected turn of events and, even though I didn&amp;amp;#039;t find any competitors to have fun with, at least I made a couple of new allies that, hopefully, will bring more life to the game.

A close call

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20th January, 2013&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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It was around 18:00 hours, when I was browsing the game. I had been doing several tasks at the same time: checking up on some of my minions and installing spam on the inactive ones (installing log encryptors on each of them to hide my presence) in one tab, testing the casino and looking up on the rules of blackjack in another 2 and having the bar open in a 4th to keep an eye on the bar chat, while, at the same time, I was also thinking on what I was going to write for my homework essay that day... in other words, I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t too focused on any one task.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Then, at some point, I noticed Silver commented &amp;amp;quot;damn, 330 security/nice dude&amp;amp;quot; in the bar chat... As I was the only guy online with that much security, I understood that he was referring to my security... &amp;amp;quot;Sh*t, he must have found my IP somehow!...&amp;amp;quot; - I said to myself, as I rushed over to check my security and logs... And surprise surprise, I saw that &amp;amp;quot;149.46.xxx.xxx [Silverside&amp;amp;#039;s IP] connected to the system; 18:02:35 20/Jan/2013&amp;amp;quot; and that my security started going down... though, thankfully, it had only begun to go down, so nobody could have breached it yet.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;amp;quot; Thanks &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; / It&amp;amp;#039;ll take you about half an hour to crack in &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;&amp;amp;quot; - I said, once I got back to the bar. As I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t finished with checking up on several more minions, I thought that I&amp;amp;#039;d just keep him out of my computer by changing my password and restoring security until I finish up and then change my IP, as counter-hacking him was pointless - he only had basic software on him (I had found his IP several days before, so I knew what he had on him), though, of course, I could have at least connected to him to kill his apps to prevent him from being able to damage my security, but, frankly, I was just too lazy and not motivated enough to do so at the time &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;. However, once I noticed that password changing wasn&amp;amp;#039;t disconnecting him and that my security was going down at an alarming rate (I later found out that he seemed to have been doing twice the damage to my security than to any of the newbie accounts that he had hacked before... Oh sure, I&amp;amp;#039;m so &amp;amp;quot;special&amp;amp;quot; that people have a 2x damage multiplier against me?! That is sooooo &amp;amp;quot;fair&amp;amp;quot; and so typical... WHERE DO I FILE A COMPLAINT?!!!! I am REALLY beginning to think that the system HATES me for some reason &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;), so I had no choice but to immediately change my IP.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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In the meantime, I asked Silver, where had he found my IP out of curiosity. As I was hiding my logs on each IP, I was worried that I might have missed a log somewhere. Well, apparently, he had accessed the computer I was connected to at the time (100.44.xxx.xxx) and was transferring spam to and retrieving my log encryptor from... Was pretty obvious that I was the one who was doing this, as I was the only other guy online with a pro log encryptor, so Silver sent a revealer in to recover my IP and that&amp;amp;#039;s how he was able to trace me. Pretty clever actually... at least it was till he started talking about my computer in the bar, which tipped me off that he was cracking me. I would have probably noticed him either way, but he most likely would have at least had enough time to crack my security before I would notice him.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, this was definitely a close call. And, apparently, I should start keeping an eye on whether anyone else is connected to the computer when connecting to my minions next time &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;

Another day, another friend

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Note: This is an article about an event that occurred over 2.5 weeks ago, but I only now had the time and the idea to write about it, so it&amp;amp;#039;s possible that not all details are 100% accurate.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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December 29th, 2012&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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It was an early Saturday morning... Well, early by my standards at least. As I usually stay up late all the time and yesterday I had guests over, I only got up a bit before 11 o&amp;amp;#039;clock (about 13-14 server time). Of course, as usual, once I had prepared myself breakfast and got dressed, I logged in to see check up on the game. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, so I just spent a bit browsing through various game pages. Then, as I was checking my computer, I noticed that some of my software was missing... my log software to be exact, however, strangely, nothing else was taken (well, I could be wrong of course, as I had LOADS of stuff stashed on my computer at the time, because the &amp;amp;quot;Uninstall&amp;amp;quot; options was taken down at the time), though some apps were killed and just left sitting there.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Obviously, someone had accessed my computer, as my security was down as well, so I rushed over to the store to get myself a new log revealer to find out who the hacker was. When I installed it and took a look at my logs, I noticed a whole lot of new encrypted logs. From connection and system access to transfer logs. After checking the time date on the logs, I found out that I was hacked a bit before 9 server time. The worst part was that I had actually woken up at about that time, but, as it was early and I was still sleepy, I decided to sleep for a few more hours before getting up... which could have ended badly for me, if I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t as lucky as I was that day.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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The hacker was definitely smart enough to hide his logs (naturally, by using my own log encryptor, which I couldn&amp;amp;#039;t take off my computer at the time; -_-; of all the time for software to be uninstallable, it had to be when my computer was overloaded with loot... typical...) and he had the common sense to change his IP after gaining access to my computer. However, the hacker did make a few foolish mistakes. Reconnecting to my computer AFTER he had changed his IP was one of them, as he just gave away his new IP to the guy he hacked (and would obviously seek payback &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;) and couldn&amp;amp;#039;t change his IP again for another 3 hours. Reconnecting to my computer several times in a row (5 times in 30 minutes to be exact... &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":|" title=":|" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/neutral.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":|" title=":|" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ) was also a bit weird, as you can just stay connected to the same computer to not create new logs (as long as you don&amp;amp;#039;t transfer anything that is) while keeping an eye on the victim, instead of disconnecting and then reconnecting every few minutes, creating new logs each time. I also did see a lot of transfer logs from my computer, but, for some reason, not a lot of my software was taken for some reason.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Luckily, the hacker hadn&amp;amp;#039;t managed to change his IP again yet, so I was able to trace and counter-hack him. Surprisingly, the hacker had mostly only basic hardware and software, along with some of the apps he had taken from me. Naturally, I retrieved my software posthaste, and even took his basic software (don&amp;amp;#039;t know why, wasn&amp;amp;#039;t such a problem for him getting it back; guess I just got carried away) and hid my logs before retrieving the encryptor. Immediately changed my IP afterwards, though I did not disconnect from the computer to keep an eye on him.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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A short while later, as I was browsing through the game with nothing to do, I saw that FinalProxy had left a message at the bar. As I was bored and a chance to talk to someone in the game wasn&amp;amp;#039;t all that common these days, I decided to check whether he was still there. A few moments later, I got a response - he was still there, so I started chatting with him about various things. The hacking incident was, of course, one of the topics. As expected (as jonc was the only other active player and he was already in my org), he was the one who had hacked me some time before. Apparently, he had found my IP through some logs on another computer (I mush have forgotten to change my IP after collecting from my minions, even though I was sure that I did change it... guess I was sleepier at the time than I had thought... -_-). I also asked him why he didn&amp;amp;#039;t take anymore of my software, but the answer should have been obvious... his hardware just couldn&amp;amp;#039;t handle that many apps, so he could only keep just one or two apps that he took from me. I&amp;amp;#039;m guessing that the rest of the transfers were just cancelled due to the lack of HD space on his computer, which would explain all the transfer logs but with barely anything actually taken.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Well, we continued talking for quite some time and Proxy even ordered a few drinks for the table, his treat. As he was still new to this game (though he was quite interested in hacking games), I gave him a few basic tips (just the more common sense and minor ones) on the game, to help him get better at it. Telling him not to give away his IP after just changing it was one of them &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; . This could, of course, mean that I was making a possible competitor stronger... but, as there was no actual competition at the time, I thought &amp;amp;quot;Oh, why not? Either I&amp;amp;#039;ll get some real competition going, which could make the game more interesting to me, or I just might just make a new friend. Either way, it&amp;amp;#039;s worth the risk&amp;amp;quot;. Proxy did, sometime later, mention that I was being awfully generous with my tips and that he might, one day, use the knowledge he gained from me against me, but I jokingly responded something like: &amp;amp;quot;Trust me, you do not want to mess with me &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;&amp;amp;quot;, secretly hoping that this might turn into a fun battle.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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As we were talking, he also brought up the topic about one of the blog articles I had posted, the one where I had described getting hacked and my software stolen by someone, as he thought that this article may have been about him, but I reassured him that this was a much earlier encounter and that the guy was practically inactive right now. I even gave away that hacker&amp;amp;#039;s IP to Proxy to let him access the hacker&amp;amp;#039;s computer as well (publicity can be far more disastrous than just sabotage alone sometimes &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;). During our conversation, I had thought about inviting Proxy to my organization, but then I thought... if I invite him, then there would be no one to compete with, nor talk with at the bar, not to mention that I was afraid that, as Proxy was focused his blog on writing from the perspective of a new player to give other newcommers some valuable advice along the way, inviting him to my org might lead him to running out of things to write about (as he&amp;amp;#039;d just be given all that he needs on a silver plate, therefore losing his &amp;amp;quot;new player&amp;amp;quot; status), so I decided not to bring this topic up. If he decided to join my org, he&amp;amp;#039;d bring the topic up himself and I&amp;amp;#039;d hapily accept him in if he did.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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At some point, I got suspicious as to why our drinks were taking so long to get here, so I decided to get up and check on the waitress. Well, apparently, because the bar wasn&amp;amp;#039;t such an active place, she had taken a &amp;amp;quot;casual break&amp;amp;quot; with her boyfriend... So, I just took the drinks and head back to the table. Soon after finishing the drink, Proxy had to be going, so he paid for the drinks and went out of the bar.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, even though, unlike with jonc, we didn&amp;amp;#039;t have such an interesting battle... yet, but finally getting someone to talk to at the bar has proved to be an interesting activity and we continued meeting up and chatting at the bar whenever we had the chance.

A little skirmish in the evening

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28th December, 2012&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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This Friday started out as a normal day. Spent the first half of the day getting some minions equipped with spamming software and hoping to finally get the DDoS tool bug (an outdated software, which became a useless space hog that couldn&amp;amp;#039;t even be deleted, after the DDoS update) fixed.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Sometime in the afternoon, I noticed that someone had hacked into my computer. The strange thing was, that the hacker had only initiated an antivirus scan... and that&amp;amp;#039;s it. No software stolen, no viruses installed... nothing. Well, of course I got curious and tried tracing the hacker&amp;amp;#039;s IP. Little surprise that his IP was still good. After cracking into his computer, I noticed that he only had a few basic software up and running. I then assumed that this guy was one of NAM&amp;amp;#039;s testing servers and that he only hacked me to see if the antivirus was working properly on my computer (I had reported a bug I had with the scan some time before). So, I disconnected and changed my IP, just in case.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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A few hours later, between 18:00 and 19:00 server time, I was again trying to get some of my software up on some minions, when I accidentally initiated a transfer to the wrong IP (the one that hacked me a few hours ago)... So, of course, I connected to the IP to activate the software (as it was a virus and this minion was just as good as any other). Out of curiosity, I also checked the logs to see if anyone else had found this IP. To my surprise, I noticed that someone had recently accessed this computer and left their IP. Disconnected and tried checking if the IP was still in use. Wasn&amp;amp;#039;t expecting much, but was worth to try. To my surprise, the IP pinging was positive, so I decided to connect to the IP to see what he had on him. Once connected, I noticed that the guy had 200 security on him. So, I calculated how many cracks it would take me and initiated a massive crack. At the same time, I had a few other tabs with various pages of the game open, so while cracking was taking it&amp;amp;#039;s time, I browsed around a little. When I came back, I noticed that I was disconnected - the guy probably changed his IP while I was cracking, so I got booted out.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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A few minutes later, I noticed that someone had connected to my computer and already done some damage to the security. I freaked out. I changed my password a couple times in a hurry... which was a bit silly, as my security wasn&amp;amp;#039;t breached yet, so nobody had gained root access to my computer yet... but I was in such a shock that I couldn&amp;amp;#039;t think straight at the time &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;. I also restored security to keep the hacker out. Then, as I had recovered from the momentary shock, I decided that, instead of changing my IP to prevent the hacker from being able to connect to my computer, I should try tracing the IP and hack the guy before he could finish hacking me. It took me a few seconds to breach his security and I immediately started killing his software and started transferring it to my own computer. Meanwhile, I had my own computer open in another tab and, as I saw, my security was still holding at about 54% (immediate relief &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ). So, I went back to swiping his software, when I started getting errors. Apparently, the hacker noticed that I had started killing his software and he was trying to run them again (he had already used up his IP change, so I knew that he couldn&amp;amp;#039;t just change it again to run away for the next 3 hours; though I was surprised that he didn&amp;amp;#039;t change his password to kick me out of the system instead) Well, eventually, I made off with all of his software, leaving him without any attack power to harm me, and changed my IP immediately.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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In the aftermath, I decided to check up on the bar. I noticed that jonc was on there, so I started a conversation with him and asked him straight up, whether he was the one hacking me. As I suspected, he was the mysterious hacker who attempted to hack me. From our chat, I learned that he wasn&amp;amp;#039;t too focused at the time of our clash - he had been browsing the forums for a bit while hacking me, so I caught him off guard &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; . I also found out that he had thought that the IP change wasn&amp;amp;#039;t immediate - that the 3 hours timer was until his IP actually changed, that&amp;amp;#039;s why he foolishly tried hacking me with his new IP, without waiting for his IP change timer to expire. I also asked him why he didn&amp;amp;#039;t even try changing his password, but, apparently, he hadn&amp;amp;#039;t thought of that, and, even if he had, he was low on money anyway.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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In the end, he congratulated me and praised our little &amp;amp;quot;duel&amp;amp;quot;, which he named as a skirmish (I hadn&amp;amp;#039;t thought of how to call the encounter before that &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ). He also asked me, how much money I had. Well, I decided to risk it and told him exactly how much I had (which was a lot, as I was one of the 5 players who had won a huge cash bundle during the first hacker competition, but, as all the other 4 active players at the time (which are no longer active right now) had the same amount, I had never felt that I had an advantage over anyone... untill today that is). He was definitely surprised that I had so much, going so far as criticizing NAM for not balancing out the game&amp;amp;#039;s economy, which, honestly speaking, to NAM hasn&amp;amp;#039;t been a priority yet. Feeling bad that I had somewhat of an unfair advantage, I somehow came up with a weird idea (kind of feel I was pushing it a bit now &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;). I decided to offer to return jonc his software back, if he would join my organization (I wasn&amp;amp;#039;t about to give away my IP to a non-ally, especially since I couldn&amp;amp;#039;t change it for another 3 hours &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;). At first, he seemed to have doubts, as he thought that there wasn&amp;amp;#039;t much point in that, when there weren&amp;amp;#039;t a lot of active players in the game, but eventually, he accepted my offer. So, as promised, I sent him all the best spares I had (I was actually glad to get rid of them, my computer was a total piggy bank of software, with nowhere to stash it, as uninstallation was taken down at the time &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;) and, as he was low on money and there was no way to transfer my money to him, I also gave him a bundle of spamming software that he could use to earn some extra cash every day and gave him access to the org warehouse, so he could stock up on better hardware.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Well, this encounter has been one of the most interesting things that happened to me in the game the past several months to say the least. Haven&amp;amp;#039;t felt an adrenaline rush like that, at least in this game, for a long while for sure.

ISPs, transfers... this is getting interesting...

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22nd December, 2012&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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A major update took place today. Aside from some much needed bug fixes (friend request list not working, notepad not working etc.) this update also marked the release of minions, spamming software, ISP contracts and transfers, plus a rather unexpected change (I first thought that it was only temporary, but as I found out the next day, it was planned to be a permanent change) - software no longer being uninstallable, only transferable, which means that you can no longer uninstall the software that is installed on your computer to keep it safe from other players, like you could have done before this update. Since you cannot uninstall software from your computer any longer, all of a player&amp;amp;#039;s owned software will have to be stored on his computer, where it&amp;amp;#039;s practically a sitting duck right now for anyone intensively scanning for new IPs... adding a healthy level of risk into the game. Minions are also a welcome change (finally, a use for that list of IPs that I&amp;amp;#039;ve been compiling all this time, a healthy level of daily income &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ). Can&amp;amp;#039;t wait to see how DDOSing will work too. Something to look forward to, I guess.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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It was after midnight that I noticed this change. Of course, I wanted to test everything out before I went to bed, but when I checked on my computer, I noticed that someone had cracked into it and had stolen all of my software (an hour or two before the update took place)... Naturally, I got mad and wanted to pay the hacker a visit and get back at him. Luckily, the guy wasn&amp;amp;#039;t smart enough to change his IP after hacking me, so I could easily trace him through my logs. But when I connected to his computer and cracked his security, I was in for an unpleasant setback... apparently, the only way to get his software was to transfer it, which in turn required an ISP contract to work... and of all the luck... ISPs weren&amp;amp;#039;t working properly. Moreover, NAM had already went to bed, so no chance for the problem to solved till morning... (Adrian, your timing is just impeccable btw &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/tongue.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":P" title=":P" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;) Well, obviously, the only thing I could do, was to go to bed and HOPE that NAM would be back on before the hacker noticed that I cracked his security (a long shot, but nothing more that I could do at this point).&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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23rd December, 2012&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Fortunately, the hacker didn&amp;amp;#039;t seem to come online the next day and it didn&amp;amp;#039;t take long for the ISP bug to be fixed (thank you Adrian &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ) and, as soon as the bug was fixed, I took the liberty to reclaim my software (too bad viruses and spyware haven&amp;amp;#039;t been released yet...) and change my IP afterwards, to make sure that I couldn&amp;amp;#039;t be traced so easily. However, that&amp;amp;#039;s when I noticed that the transfer logs that were made before I changed my IP were showing my current IP, instead of my old one (Oh come on, seriously?!)... Thankfully, the logs have been deleted by now, so I no longer have to fear of being tracked so easily for awhile and, since this bug is going to be fixed tomorrow, it shouldn&amp;amp;#039;t be a problem from now on &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":)" title=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; .I wonder if the guy has even noticed by now, that his computer is empty? His IP remains unchanged so far, so I&amp;amp;#039;m guessing, that he&amp;amp;#039;s in for a merry surprise when he gets back from the holidays &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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All in all, a very nice update, which is going to make things a bit (maybe even a lot?) more interesting from now, and one heck of a (un)lucky day for me &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt;.

Like a Phoenix from the ashes...

2 votes and 19 comments
The game was founded in early June as a game that was meant to provide a fresh gameplay experience. And that&amp;amp;#039;s exactly what it did. Instead of copying other games and adapting their content, ideas etc. for a new game (which is actually quite common), the developer of this game decided to innovate - most, if not all of the game was coded by the developer himself from scratch, with a lot of ideas that haven&amp;amp;#039;t been used much by the devs in the market.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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One of the most important of such unusual ideas being the theme - the game focuses on a hacker&amp;amp;#039;s lifestyle and, unlike a lot of other games I&amp;amp;#039;ve played, it tries to recreate it as close to the original as possible. Have you ever played a game, where a even a simple task, like upgrading your in-game skills relies on your real life skills as much as your in game stats? In most games, you just decide what skills you want to spend your skill points on, pay a fee and click a button - and you&amp;amp;#039;re done.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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But that&amp;amp;#039;s not the same for this game. Here, if you want to improve your skills, just paying a fee and choosing your skill isn&amp;amp;#039;t enough - you literally have to train to improve your skills, via completing a simple mini game that tests your real life skills: logic, typing speed, memory etc. This way, you actually get the feeling that you really are training your skills, both in-game and real life and best of all, this fits so well with the theme of the game, as all the mini games are focused on skills and things that are a crucial part of a hacker&amp;amp;#039;s life. Heck, if you don&amp;amp;#039;t believe me, check out the way duels (will) work in this game - you&amp;amp;#039;ll get a computer console that you have to manually write in commands to attack your opponent, making your in-game skills rather useless, if your real life skills, for example, strategy, typing speed are lacking.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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I joined this game somewhere in the middle of July. By then, the game had already started taking form more or less, but was still quite far from being finished. Even though the game didn&amp;amp;#039;t have much content available, the amount it had already was enough to get me interested in continuing to play the game and to see how it turns out. Of course, due to the low amount of time the game had been on, the lack of proper testing by loads of testers and the low mount of content the game had to offer, I quickly found myself taking a lot of time reporting the bugs I&amp;amp;#039;ve found and the ideas I had on improving the game. What surprised me, was that my ideas and reports were handled very fast - most of my ideas that were accepted, were implemented within... hours. What was even more surprising... That the game only had 1 developer...&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Soon, several other players joined the game. A lot of them were from the Facepuncher forums, so they made their own organization, but a couple other players weren&amp;amp;#039;t Facepunchers. That was when tournaments and competitions began. Naturally, competing with the Facepunchers was the main fun activity we had at the time, so we actively participated in every competition thrown at us, which even led to active non-Facepunchers joining forces and the creation of an opposing organization to be able to better coordinate among us.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Unfortunately, after a few weeks of game time, the game went silent - the developer became inactive and soon afterwards, the once active players followed, turning the game into a ghost town. Eventually, the game itself went off-radar for some reason and until recently, there was no way of even access the game page for months.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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After a few months of waiting, the game finally came back. But a few significant changes took place since it had went down: the interface changed completely (took me awhile to get used to it &lt;img src=&quot;<a href="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif">http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif</a>&quot; width=&quot;16&quot; height=&quot;16&quot; alt=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; title=&quot;<img src="http://secretrepublic.net/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif" width="16" height="16" alt=":D" title=":D" class="bbcode_smiley" />&quot; class=&quot;bbcode_smiley&quot; /&gt; ), new content was added (new training facilities, file manager, zones...), new forums/support and with many more things to come - in short, it came back even better than it was before and it&amp;amp;#039;s still improving. All we need now to make the game even more fun to play, is time, new and returning players to liven up the community and effort from all of us, to make this game even better than it currently is.
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