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> Spyware, what are the rules for infecting someone's commlink with it?
James McMurray
post Mar 7 2011, 10:41 PM
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It could be an agent doing it, or just a rating vs. rating thing but my matrix knowledge is tiny (almost nonexistent). Our current group doesn't even have a hacker in forever, so I haven't read that chapter in years (and I've never cracked the cover on Unwired).

So if someone were to access a site that wanted to install spyware or malware on their commlink, what would the rolls be to prevent it or detect it?
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post Mar 7 2011, 10:57 PM
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As per Unwired page 121

"Make an Opposed Test pitting the virus rating x 2 against
the nodes Firewall + System. If the virus succeeds, it infects the
targeted software, embedding a copy of its virus code into that
other program. If the node wins, it has successfully located the
virus and prevented infection and will alarm the user or system
administrator."

As for what viruses can do, in game terms, they work as program options, which can do things like switch your PAN status, or copy all data you use that specific software for. It's a GM's choice as to what programs a virus will infect. They tend not to infect the whole commlink unless it's pretty fraggin tough.
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post Mar 7 2011, 11:03 PM
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Put a dancing purple monkey over your Image Link while you're trying to drive...
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post Mar 7 2011, 11:10 PM
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Thanks!

I was thinking it would sit there and silently monitor communications until the user went to one of a certain set of nodes or called one of a certain set of numbers. Then it would crash their system. When rebooted it would start sending bogus 911 calls in the background.
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post Mar 7 2011, 11:14 PM
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Or start making collect phone calls to sex lines.

Or be a Spam Bot and get your character beaten.

Or upload a few dozen "Beer 2.0" simsense drinks into the user as soon as they use their Datajack/Trodes...
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post Mar 7 2011, 11:33 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 7 2011, 08:14 PM) *
Or upload a few dozen "Beer 2.0" simsense drinks into the user as soon as they use their Datajack/Trodes...


I like this idea!!
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post Mar 7 2011, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE (Belvidere @ Mar 7 2011, 07:33 PM) *
I like this idea!!

Yeah, until you've jacked in so you can use your Smartgun Link and find yourself so wasted you're seeing five gunsights and eight targets when you're in a shootout with only one guy...
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post Mar 8 2011, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 7 2011, 08:34 PM) *
Yeah, until you've jacked in so you can use your Smartgun Link and find yourself so wasted you're seeing five gunsights and eight targets when you're in a shootout with only one guy...


And this is why I play the hacker. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rotfl.gif) I can't believe I didn't even think of that one.
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post Mar 8 2011, 12:18 AM
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That's why there's Dumpshock, man. Combine our ideas to make for one massively ultimate gaming experience!

Or beat each other over the heads with stupid comments.

Or both.

Or rum.

Usually rum. Although I sometimes prefer Port.
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post Mar 8 2011, 12:26 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 7 2011, 09:18 PM) *
That's why there's Dumpshock, man. Combine our ideas to make for one massively ultimate gaming experience!

Or beat each other over the heads with stupid comments.

Or both.

Or rum.

Usually rum. Although I sometimes prefer Port.


Or run and port. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grinbig.gif) Then the stupid comments seem like great ideas.
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post Mar 8 2011, 12:31 AM
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Stupid comments have turned into the greatest of plans sometimes.

"Hey, aren't we working for a Media Corp? Don't they have a Special Effects team?"

And thus the kidnapping of a cartoon was successful. Aside from the lawn beating up the safehouse.
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post Mar 8 2011, 12:40 AM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 7 2011, 09:31 PM) *
Stupid comments have turned into the greatest of plans sometimes.

"Hey, aren't we working for a Media Corp? Don't they have a Special Effects team?"

And thus the kidnapping of a cartoon was successful. Aside from the lawn beating up the safehouse.


Hahaha!
That my friend is a truly successful run.
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post Mar 8 2011, 12:49 AM
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Now I want to give my Accountant From Hell programming skills to make his own Malware to cause distractions as the group makes their exit.

Another useful tool. Something that goes off screwing up CommLinks just when the Corporators need them the most. Find one weak firewall on a corporate CommLink, and have it spread every time it's contacted for a security check, and you've got the whole security network infected. Set it to go off on a certain signal, and, boom. Instant chaos. Smartgun links won't work, which means smartguns won't fire. People can't see through their Image Links. Beer 2.0 and Whiskey 12.2 is installed in anyone that has a DNI with their CommLink.

Chaos! Glorious, wonderful chaos! All done with mathematical perfection.
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