FOWC with Fandango — Hack

FOWCWelcome to June 16, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “hack.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

SoCS — False Flag

“Colonel, I think we’re looking at a false flag operation,” Captain Charles Reynolds told his superior officer.

“Why do you think that, Charles?” Colonel Bradbury asked. “Do you have definitive evidence?”

“Nothing definitive, sir. Not yet, anyway. But my team is working on it,” Reynolds answered. “As you know, sir, the intent of a false flag attack is to shift the blame elsewhere. There are clear characteristics in the hack that point to Iran, but while the techniques applied in this attack are typically used by Iranians, my team has uncovered some telltale signatures in the code that indicate the Russians may be behind it. They, the Russians, sir, are very good at emulating the techniques, and even languages, used by the groups or countries they are trying to frame, which in this case, is Iran.”

“Yes, Charles, that is what the Russians do,” said Bradbury. “They stage their attacks in such a way that it looks to their victims and to the world that another country is behind the cyber attack. They’re very good and masking who’s actually responsible.”

“Indeed,” Reynolds said. “While there are a number of countries that have engaged in this sort of attack, by far the most prolific practitioner is Russia, using its GRU intelligence service and hackers associated with it.”

“What do you think their aims are, Charles?”

“Best case, sir, it’s just to annoyingly infiltrate our systems in order to demonstrate that they can get at us,” Reynolds said. Then he swallowed hard and said, “Worst case, they can potentially bring about widespread chaos by shutting down all electronic communications and infrastructure systems in the country.”

“Well godammit, Reynolds, we need to take action to prevent something like that from happening,” Bradbury barked. “You need to confirm whether this is, in fact, a Russian false flag attack or if it is actually the Iranians. The President is going to want to strike back at whoever is responsible and that strike has to directed at the right adversary or we’re all going to be in deep shit.”

Captain Reynolds crisply saluted Colonel Bradbury. “Yes sir, right away sir,” Reynolds said, as he spun around and left the colonel’s office.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where we are asked to use the word “flag” in our post.

Share Your World — Internet Red Flags and Silly Arguments

Share Your World Melanie’s Share Your World this week presents us with an eclectic mix of questions. Here goes.

What will finally break the Internet? Do you believe it can be broken at all?

I have a feeling that some evil-doers from (Russia, China, North Korea, Iran — pick one or choose another) will hack into our infrastructure, which will not only break the internet, but will bring down our power grids and will essentially disable America. Or maybe I read that in some book about humanity’s dystopian future.

What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life? (Take it as you want.)

I’m going to take it literally and say that the only red flags I watch out for are those on the back of trucks used to warn drivers that there is cargo extending beyond the back of the truck.BDC25289-2D59-42C0-9A19-BAE485708249

What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about?

What life will be like after the November presidential election. Why is that silly, you ask? Probably because we either won’t have an election in November, or if we do and Trump loses, he’s not likely to accept the outcome and voluntarily leave office. So we know that America, much to Putin’s delight, will be in chaos. Hence it’s a silly argument to have, don’t you think?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground/side of the road?

I’m not sure that it’s strange these days, but it was certainly disturbing when I found a handful of used syringes on the ground at Golden Gate Park.FE6855F5-C4CD-4847-A2F8-C6CEBD0FEC7E

Data Breach

“We need a better data security strategy to protect the flow of our customers’ data,” Carl, the founder of the small financial consulting company, told his IT guy. “The survival of our company depends upon it.”

“No worries, boss,” Ivan said. “I’ll need about three weeks to lock this place down tighter than a drum. Our clients’ data will be secure.”

****Three Weeks Later****

Carl called Ivan into the conference room to make a presentation to his senior staff. “Can you give us an update on your data security project?” Carl asked.

Ivan turned down the conference room lights, turned on the projector, and opened up a PowerPoint presentation that he projected onto a screen at one end of the room. “Behold!” Ivan said as the image appeared on the screen.BA885AAF-2D3E-47B0-A245-348173B49CBE”What is that?” one of the attendees asked.

“That, my friends,” Ivan said, “is a depiction of how the new firewall I just finished installing will secure our servers. As you can see, it will protect our clients’ data from even the most malevolent fire-breathing dragon of a hacker who would dare to try to get to our servers.”

Suddenly the image on the screen disappeared and was replaced by this image.0C0E3FA5-F18E-43D9-891E-99FD24A621D1“Oops,” Ivan said.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (strategy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (flow), Your Daily Word Prompt (behold), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (firewall), and Word of the Day Challenge (dragon).