Web Blackout Caused by Holmes’ Supporters says British Government
Early Thursday evening, you might’ve noticed a lack of electronic mail or been unable to access twitter, an international online social networking and microblogging service. The recent temporary blackout lasted nearly 18 hours in total, affected over 20 websites, and brought panic to governmental agencies worried about such a large-scale internet hack.
Security, defense, and intelligence departments across the globe held their collective breath for the first five hours before phone reports started trickling in of a message among the code.
“It was there, hidden in the script the whole time,” one anonymous source said.
The message was ‘MORIARTY WAS REAL’ and was spread across every internet site hacked.
“There’s just been no precedent for something on this scale,” said Mark Zuckerberg, owner and developer of the world-renown social networking site Facebook. “We had absolutely no idea how to counter it.”
Zuckerberg and others are still trying to find out just what went wrong.
“If I hadn’t seen it, I would say it isn’t possible,” exclaims Mark Steinbeck of the US’ Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. Steinbeck and his team are flummoxed. “The attack happened all over the globe, simultaneously to the nanosecond, and on fifteen different servers that we know of.”
Steinbeck continues, “As far as we can tell, the code originated from the same processor as well.”
The code in question further confounded security experts across the globe.
“It shouldn’t exist. Such a thing should not be possible,” says Tarou Shiba, Sony’s lead investigator. Japan was one of the leading countries impacted by the attack, behind only the United States, England and France. “The algorithms should not work, yet they dance. They should not exist, yet they do.”
Investigators have so far had little luck unraveling the code.
Meanwhile, fans of the late Sherlock Holmes, self-dubbed ‘Sherlockians’, have a different opinion.
“It’s him. It’s Sherlock,” states one such fan. “If anyone could do it, he could.”
The sentiment seems to be one shared by most Sherlockians, the slogans ‘MORIARTY WAS REAL’, ‘NO DOUBT SHERLOCK’ and ‘I BELIEVE IN SHERLOCK HOLMES’ some of the few ideas spread over the blogging site tumblr, one of the few sites suspiciously unmolested in the recent attack. Among the virtual postings are scattered photographs of the slogans spray painted over various buildings, carved into bathroom stalls and tacked up on thousands of post-it notes.
“You can’t convince me he was wrong. I saw him at a crime scene once, and no one could make that up. No one,” Mary Resnick states, a ‘MORIARTY WAS REAL’ button gleaming on her lapel. “Say whatever you like, but to me, Sherlock lives.”
I’m not sure if this is the best way to get attention for the cause, but it certainly did. People are already deeply suspicious, I had a long conversation in a Tesco’s line (I think it was the longest line that every there was, I was reduced to asking bb to come fetch my body should I die. All I needed we’re carrots, digestives, flour and eggs! This is added incentive bb, to come home hale and healthy, I have digestives in the flat now. I won’t tell you what the eggs and flour are for but you can probably guess. ;) ) about how Richard Brook was some poor sensitive soul who was used and victimized by a domineering psychopath. Other things were said, but I didn’t have a row in the line. It wouldn’t help anyway. What I mean to say was that as absolutely awesome as this was, most people have been fed so much false information that this might be too much too soon.
Still awesome though. I wish no one had said it was Sherlock though. His poor friends and family are mourning enough. Super hacker, I may not agree with your timing, but I salute your effort.