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Markus Hess’ Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope

Origin

Markus Hess

Type

Oscilloscope

Effects

Gives false administrative access to any digital files or programs

Downsides

Leaves a traceable signal back to the source

Activation

Typing an area code into a connected computer

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Pinkerton-435K

Aisle

806246-3184

Shelf

59826-7481-342

Date of Collection

February 15, 1997

[Source]


OriginEdit

Markus Hess was a German citizen who tried hacking into Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California in search of military secrets for the KGB. When one researcher noticed an accounting error, he accidently discovered that the system had been compromised. Hess had piggbacked the university’s local ARPANET connection to gain access to 400 military computers. Hess was fed large amounts of false information in order to determine the signal’s location. German authorities found Hess in Hanover and arrested him on espionage charges.

EffectsEdit

The system, although antiquated by today’s standards, is still able to break through most digital security systems. By typing in a particular area code, it will target all computing systems within that area. It will create a false authorized identity, allowing them unrestricted access to all codes, locations and events. However, the longer it is used for, the larger digital footprint it will leave.

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