Ilya Prodolzhenie studies the avatars milling about the Hacker Quadrant. The Black Sun has had its physics engine redone since the Snow Crash scare, so he fingers his sniper rifle and shifts position on the raised platform in the center of the Quadrant. So far everything looks pretty hunky-dory, but Hiro is pretty much never wrong about these things, so Ilya is prepared for anything.
A voice whispers in his ear: â€œAnything yet, Recur?â€
Ilya shakes his head, even though of course the person on the other end canâ€™t see him. â€œNothing so far, Mr. P. I have my eye on a few guys I donâ€™t recognize, but they havenâ€™t done anything out of the ordinary yet.â€
â€œAlright, well keep a vigilant eye out for anything weird, Iâ€™m pretty sure somethingâ€™s about to go down.â€
â€œYes sir, Mr. P.â€
Ilya settles back into his position and looks through the scope at the avatars heâ€™s been following for awhile. Hiro calls him Recur because Ilya hasnâ€™t told him his real name. Recur is a screenname of sorts; his Metaverse persona is completely different from his Reality persona, which is semi-common among hackers.
Ilya works for Hiro Protagonist Security Associates, which has been spending 100% of its resources pursuing the Snow Crash virus. Whoever is behind the most recent outbreak has begun creating daemons that distribute the virus, rather than risking actual people. Some of these daemons are basically ninjas; they attack their victim and when their prey is vulnerable they unleash the torrent of information that causes the hackerâ€™s brain to basically freeze in place. Some are more subtle about it, though, which is what he suspects heâ€™s dealing with here.
Itâ€™s apparent that some of the conspirators are in the upper echelons of the Black Sun, because daemons have been able to gain access to the building when they should have no business doing so. Due to these infiltrations, Jethro, Da5idâ€™s successor, has allowed Hiro to retool the physics in the building to allow for certain projectile weapons, including Ilyaâ€™s sniper rifle. The rifle delivers a program that will instantly kick a user off the Metaverse, or will delete any daemon program it encounters.
Ilya notices one of the strangers looking suspicious, and peers at him through his scope. The avatar reaches into his pocket and pulls out a syringe, sticking it surreptitiously into a hackerâ€™s avatar. The syringe is the visual representation of a unique version of the Snow Crash virus; once the virus has spread through the system of the victim, the hacker is instantly kicked out of the Metaverse, and the Snow Crash â€œwhite noiseâ€ fills his goggle display. Occasionally the hacker has the presence of mind to quickly snatch off the headset, but most of the time the virus does its work too fast, and another hacker falls victim to the Snow Crash virus.
Ilya only has a couple of seconds before the virus completely infects the hackerâ€™s system, so the first thing he does is put a bullet in the hackerâ€™s head. This kicks the hacker out without Snow Crash appearing in his goggle display; itâ€™s a pain, since heâ€™ll have to wait several minutes to log back on, but certainly better than becoming a vegetable. The daemon starts to run towards the exit, but Ilya is very good at this, and tracks the daemonâ€™s progress before drilling a bullet through its ear. The daemon falls to the ground and disintegrates. Ilya relaxes and sets the gun down before getting back in contact with his boss.
â€œYou were right again, Mr. P. There was another one of them here.â€
â€œDid you take care of it?â€
â€œYeah, I had to take out the hacker, but he should be fine. The daemonâ€™s gone.â€
â€œAlright, good. Come on back to the office for a general meeting. I think itâ€™s time to go on the offensiveâ€¦â€
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