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Alexandria Proj. Chap 17: May the Force be with You

May 11, 2010, 16:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

[ Thanks to Leers von Gottheit for this link. ]

"Just as Bart Thatcher promised, Frank saw nothing but forever when he looked to the west – simply wave after wave of mountains and valleys extending effortlessly into the haze of the horizon. From high above, where the branches of ponderosa pines laced together, the squawks of scrub jays filtered down, along with the dappling light of the afternoon sun. And next to him rested a laptop connected to the outside world via the formidable telecommunications resources of Frank's improbable, but undeniably useful, Solar Avenger.

"Frank was already oblivious to the stunning view ahead of him, now that he was focusing non-stop on cracking the secrets of the Alexandria Project. His goals in that pursuit were clear: figure out how those behind the Project penetrated their targets; devise technical defenses capable of stopping them; and figure out who they were and where they were striking from. Unfortunately, it wasn't going well.

"The first task hadn't taken long to complete. Sadly, any target big enough to be interesting invariably had plenty of weaknesses that any determined hacker could discover. Frank concluded that that the Projecteers had employed a variety of fairly standard methods to exploit flaws in the defenses of each of their victims to date."

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