A sample heist: OmegaSteel Personnel Extraction

OmegaSteel Investigation Report — INTERNAL USE ONLY 


January 14th, 2061 a series of events occured which culminated in a destabilization of our high-orbit manufacturing site. Production was down for 3 hours. This report will reveal that this destabilization was a concerted action by at least 6 individuals, to provide a distraction during which Dr. Schrock, head of the new materials research laboratory was kidnapped from the Moscow headquarter. His current status is still unknown. It is suspected that this was a concerted effort to extract Dr. Schrock and his knowledge of High-Orbit Manufacturing from our company. 


Guardsman Johnson, OS-#249AH2839, reports a broken computer interface in his weatherbooth at the Remote Storage facility in Frankfurt. Conversation with Helpdesk department reveals that the spare interface unit which should be located in the booth locker is missing. A new spare delivery is scheduled for 14−01−2061−0800. Until then, Johnson is advised to submit security alerts via phone. 

The spare interface unit delivery is ordered with KourierZ. Pickup from AfriCodA is arranged.

A massive distributed denial of service attack is started against OS-Node #231. Preliminary examination of the attack point to a giant botnet comprising of virus-infected cortical nodes. Researchers have now found out that the virus was spread via a popular vision enhancement software, which superimposed lewd comments into the optical cortex whenever the user looked at a person of another gender. The origin of this enhancement is unknown, it is masked as a viral marketing stunt by Pepsi Cola. 

OS-Node #231 gets switched off. Critical applications are moved to OS-Node #253. Uncritical applications are unavailable until #231 gets active again. 

A Kourier picks up the spare interface unit. 

Motion sensors at the perimeter of Moscow Headquarter pick up three signatures. They are logged, but the report cannot be delayed to HQ Security Central as the relay service has been erringly classified as „uncritical“ on OS-Node #231.

A gang fight near the Warsaw Cyberattack Counterunit (WCC) escalates. Area security raises the alert level to critical. 

The gang fight moves away from the WCC, leaving the front of the building scarred, but all security measures intact. Security announces that the alert level will be lowered to normal after one hour. 

Janitor Services in Moscow Headquarter are alerted of a waste disposal malfunction on floor 3. 

Waste Disposal Malfunction has clogged the major tubes. All floors upwards floor 3 are now affected. 

Kourier delivery of the spare interface at Remote Storage facility in Frankfurt. 

Gang fight in Warsaw destroys a large array of power and communications lines. Emergeny generators and satellite links start up at WCC. WCC operates on 34 efficiency now. 

Frankfurt Security logs an incoming phonecall from Guardsman Johnsons booth. It gets disconnected before pickup. 10 seconds later the „all clear“ message comes in from Johnsons computer, verified by his interface. Later investigations will reveal that Johnson has been ambushed and rendered unconscious by two persons. One of them then used a compromised AfriCodA interface unit to send a forged „all clear“ message. 

Waste Disposal Malfunction in Moscow is ended. Employee monitoring systems log a noticeable drop in work efficiency on all floors previously affected by the malfunction: Employees are flooding into the now-available restrooms. 

Frankfurt Remote Storage drops offline. 

A fire breaks out in Moscow Waste Disposal System 

WCC starts working on bringing Frankfurt Remote Storage online again 

The High Orbit Manufacturing site receives new telemetry data, apparently from Moscow HQ, but it originates in reality from Frankfurt Remote Storage. The station drops into a lower orbit. The slightly larger gravitational pull renders two production cycles worthless. Estimated loss: $49 million 

The heat from the fire in waste disposal system causes overheating of the main server room. More than half of the hardware in the main server room switches off automatically to prevent permanent damage. 

Moscow HQ command control notices the drop of the HA site and starts calculating new and correct telemetry. Recalculation takes longer, as the remaining systems online cannot handle the load. 

Moscow HQ Chief Security Executive, Mr. Pavcek realizes that this is a concerted attack. He orders a building lockdown. 

Building lockdown is overridden by the Moscow Firefight Department, in order to fight the fire in Waste Disposal System, which threatens to take over the whole building if left unattended. 

Witnesses see a group of 5 individuals in Firemen uniforms escort a muddled-looking Dr.Schrock from the building. All enter an ambulance and leave in northern direction.

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