The Grey Hat Hacker

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In this short story you will read about a man who used his hacking skill for good and bad and that when he used his hacking skills for something bad, something bad was bound to happen to him.

Submitted: August 09, 2017

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Submitted: August 09, 2017



I feared that this event would be the one to wipe out all of humanity. I would have to find out a way to try and survive this, but I did not know how to prepare for any of it. I went to my neighbors to see if they knew anything about how to prepare for this event. As I walked up their driveway I noticed that the curtains in one of the windows slammed shut. I continued to walk up the door and I heard a loud crackle, I stood in place hoping that I wasn’t dying. After about a minute of standing there. I finally decided to walk up to the door so I could ask my neighbors about how to prepare for this event.

The doorbell rang very loudly to the point where I could hear it from the front door. A few seconds passed I heard the bolts on the door open and next thing I knew some man showed his face. I asked him who he was and he told me that I did not need to know that and that all I needed to know is how to prepare. I asked him if he could answer my questions on the event that was supposed to happen. He told me to come in and wait on the couch. As we walked in I looked around to see why he was in my neighbor’s house but all I saw were the pictures of him with his family. When I sat down on the couch I asked him where my neighbors had gone but all he told me was that they were on some sort of trip, but I did not believe one bit of it.

The couch that he told me to sit down on felt very uncomfortable and very old. As He left the room I got up and decided to look around for any clues on what had happened to my neighbors but all I found was picture of this many and some weird pictures of random people. I continued to look around, but it seemed like there was nothing left of the neighbors that I knew of. As he came back into the room I started to ask him all sorts of questions. The first thing that he told me is that he would answer all of my questions once I am done snooping around in the living room. I asked him how he knew that I was looking through stuff in the living room and all he told me is that he was watching me through some sort of camera system, after he told me that I decided to continue to look around to see if there was anything else of importance that I needed to find, but all there was, was his things and his things only. I sat back down on the couch to show that I was ready for him to answer my questions.

I asked him if he was ready to answer some of the questions I had for him and he just shrugged and gave a hand gesture of I guess so. So, my first question went as “What do you know about this situation that I don’t know”, and his reply to me was that He was a very smart person that had been studying all the events that would lead up to this major event and he was here to tell me that I was an important part of it. He continued on and on about how important I was for him and this event and that if I didn’t do what he told me then no single person on this planet would be alive.

I was shocked to know that there was something that had to do with me because I was never the type of person to cause any problems, everyone that I met seemed to get along nicely with me or at least I think that they do. I wondered what could be going on that would involve me, but then I thought of it I remember years upon years ago that I was a grey hat hacker and did things to help and to ruin other people’s lives and most of the time I really just pointed out major flaws in security systems to businesses. After figuring that out I knew that he must either be here to arrest me and take me to prison for the rest of my life or to help him out with something major that could help save all of humanity.

I told him that I knew why he needed me for something and all the did was nod his head. I told him that he needed my expertise hacking skills to help him with something and all he continued to do was nod his head in the yes position so I knew that I was on the right track. I asked him what services of mine he required and his response to me was “we can’t talk about it here we need to go somewhere where it is totally private so that way no one could listen in on us.” I told him that I knew of a place but it would take a while to get there because it is heavily trapped and very hard to actually find. He asked me where and all I told him was to grab some rinks and food because we were going to be taking a road trip. He asked me if I was sure about this place and all I told him is that no one would ever find us there and that very few people knew about it.

As we were heading towards my car I heard a gunshot so I told him to get down because it might not be safe. We both ducked down behind a concrete wall the separated our two lawns from each other. He asked me if I knew who shot a gun, and I told him that some people may be after me because I ruined their friend’s life and they wanted revenge for what I did. He asked me what I did and all I told him was that I did some terrible things and that I would tell him the rest of the story when we got somewhere safe and secure. After a few minutes, we got up and made a mad dash for my garage so we could go ahead and leave this pace and go do what we needed to do. While getting into my car we heard a loud crackle and I wondered if something as happening like a bomb being dropped or a really loud gunshot, but it sounded like neither of those. We waited to see if something else would happen, but when it got quiet we decided to start moving. After getting down the street a good way I saw a white sedan staying a good distance behind us so I thought they were following us, and sure enough they were. I started to slow down and so did the sedan so I knew that they were following us. I told the dude and we both tried to figure out a way to ditch them then all of the sudden the car disappeared like it was never there. At that moment in time I was very confused, were they real or were we just both seeing an illusion of what we thought to be someone following us. I just tried to ignore that fact but it was very hard to do.

We stopped at a local gas station so I could fill up on gas the other guy could go inside and get some supplies that we would need for the road trip. As he as coming back outside I spotted that white sedan again, so I gave him a hand signal to go back in the gas station. When he went back in, he immediately texted me asking why he should go back inside. I replied to him saying that I think the white sedan from earlier is following us and that I would be in there in a minute so we could observe that white sedan from a distance. While we were inside I wanted to ask him two questions and they were as followed “What is your name? And do you know who would be following us in a white sedan?” Well and of course he didn’t give me his real name he told me to call him Agent Makarov and that he knew nothing of anyone in a white sedan that would need to follow us.

I looked out the window to see if that white sedan was still there and sure enough it was pulled up right at the pump behind our car. We watched as a tall buff Asian man stepped out of the car and walked over to my car. I was so tempted at that moment to run outside and yell “WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU FOLLOWING US”, but I did not want to make a scene and have a chance of them to run away before they could do what they needed to do. I told Agent Makarov to sit down and I would pull up a live feed of a hidden camera that I put in my car and that I would stay standing and watch out the window. After a few minutes, I heard Agent Makarov typing something on my computer. I asked him what he was doing, and he told me that he was just writing down some notes on what they were doing and at first I believed him.

When they were done with my car we both went out there to check to see what they have done to it. We looked in every part of my car to see what they have done but the only thing that either of us could find was a note that said “We know who you are, but you don’t know us. I showed Agent Makarov the note and he said that we should try and figure out who wrote that note and what they want with us. I finished pumping the gas and we both got back into the car and continued our journey to the safe place.

It was late at night and we were about a couple hundred miles into our road trip when all of the sudden I heard a beeping noise. I paused wondering what it could be and where it came from. A few minutes passed and I heard the beeping noise again, but this time there was a muffled voice afterward, that said “Beware you don’t know the danger that lie ahead.” After that voice was done talking I woke Agent Makarov up to tell him what had just happened but he thought nothing of it he told me that I must be imagining stuff since I have not had any sleep-in a while. After that I asked him if he would mind driving so I could get some sleep and be prepared for this event that was going to happen and he told me that he would drive but not for that long.

At the next rest stop we both got out to get some fresh air and go use the bathroom and be ready to continue our drive. When I was heading back to the car I saw Agent Makarov rummaging through my stuff so I speed walked backed to my car to ask him what he was doing, and he gave me a generic response of “I was looking for a napkin because I got a drink from the vending machine and I spilt some.” I told him where I had the napkins and he took them and started to drive.

I laid the passenger seat back so that way I could be more comfortable when I sleep and of course it worked. Even though the seat was not that comfortable to sleep in I knew that it would have to do. After a good hour of sleep I was woke up by Agent Makarov saying 1 and 0 repeated and I listened in closely.

Everything that he said follows as “01001001 00100000 01001000 01100001 01110110 01100101 00100000 01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01010100 01100001 01110010 01100111 01100101 01110100 00101100 00100000 01000111 01100101 01110100 00100000 01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01010000 01101100 01100001 01100011 01100101 00100000 01010010 01100101 01100001 01100100 01111001.” I was astonished about how long he was doing it for, but I knew that he was saying something in binary code but I just could not place my hand on what he was trying to say.

When I knew that he was done talking his code I asked him why he was talking in binary code and all he told me was to not worry about it and to mind my own business, so of course I went back to sleep.

Hours later the car came to a stop and it woke me up from a deep sleep and I asked Agent Makarov why the car had come to a stop and he told me to look around. I had a hard time moving any of my body then it hit me I was tied up so that way I could not move around. I told him that I wanted to know what was going on right now or I would do something. He this in Korean “jug-eum-i dangsin-eul gidaligo issseubnida..” I had no clue about anything in Korean because that was a language that I had never bothered to learn. Next thing I knew he was chatting with that tall muscular Asian dude from the white sedan, and I knew that they were working together.

Once they were done talking Makarov came back to the car and dragged me out of it and told me that I shall not be alive much longer and that I need to make the best of what time I have left. I asked him why he was doing this and all he told me is that I was a subject that he needed for this event. I was shocked to find out that he was doing this to me, but that the same time I knew that it was going to happen sooner or later. He dragged me into this old barn and tied me up to one of the support beams. Next thing I knew I was in a sleep and I did not know why.

When I woke up all I saw were Makarov and that one man standing there talking about what they should do with me and all I could think to do, is do nothing for them. When Makarov realized, I had woken up he came over to me and told me that my service as a hacker was needed and if I did not do what he said that he would torture me until I did what he said. I asked him why he was doing this and he told me was that he was going to take over something. I wondered if he was going to try and control some sort of government.

I decided that I would play along with him and tell him that I’m doing what he says but in actuality I’m doing the opposite he is going to be ratted out. Makarov showed me the way to a super computer that he had been working on and that no one could ever trace it back to here because he had it so secure with multiple vpn’s. The first thing he told me to do was to try and hack into some sort of the American’s government website and I told him that I would do even better and hack into their main computer system at the pentagon. He told me that it was a good idea but not to get caught and my response to him was that I know what I am doing.

After a few minutes, I was into a general’s computer and thank the lord he was sitting at it. I made a pop up message that said “I need your help I am being held hostage by two terrorists and they forced me to use my hacking abilities to get into your servers. I am also going to send you live camera feed through a camera that is on the compute so that way you can help me.” When he got the message, he had one of his top IT people put a popup on my computer to ask me what the problem was and I told them that I was being held hostage by some terrorist that wanted me to use my hacking abilities to get into the government.

I told Makarov that I got into a general’s computer and we have full access to it. When he told me that I was doing a good job I knew immediately that he had a very soft spot and did not know much about computer stuff only building the computer. If I were to take advantage of this I could maybe get away with what I am trying to do and save myself. An hour had passed and I finally got another message from the general’s computer telling me that they have their top people working on a way to figure out where I am, so I decided to tell him that it would be very hard because this person had installed many vpn’s on this computer, and it would be near impossible to find this computer’s actual location. One of his top people decided to start messaging me to see if there was any way to get rid of the VPN but I told him that all I could do was use it to hack into things and that was it. When he sent me a message back he asked me if I could do all the commands with command prompt since this was windows we were using instead of regular Linux.

I messaged him back telling him that I could and that I got this computers IPV6 Internal address and that they could probably use it to try and trace where this computer was last connected to. They told me thanks for the info and that they would get to work immediately on trying to figure out where I am. The next thing I knew Makarov came up behind me and asked me what I was doing, so I told him that I was stealing very important details from the national treasury and that we would basically become billionaires with the matter of minutes. He congratulated me on that and said that he would allow me access to the admin account for this computer, and at that point I knew that he was making a big mistake and he did not know he was. When he gave me the password to the admin account the first thing I did was change the password so that way he could not access it unless he had some other computer that this one was being hosted under.

I messaged the general to tell him that I had gotten admin access to the account but I got no reply back. I sent a few more messages to the computer but then I realized that the admin account was just sending all of the messages to one of Makarov’s other computers. I knew that I had fucked up at this point and all I could hope for is that he would ignore these messages. Minutes passed then I heard Makarovs voice say why is someone putting these pop ups on my computer. I told him that I had no clue but he knew that it was me because he saw the one message saying that I had gotten access to the admin account on the computer and that I removed the vpn’s so it would be easier to track where I am. He came over to me and told me that I had messed up badly and this was the breaking point. Next thing I knew a glass bottle was being smashed over my head.

I was unconscious for a while then I finally came back but all I could feel was my head hurting really badly. I decided to run my hand through my head to see if there were any injuries, and sure enough I was bleeding very badly. I wondered if this would be the end of my road and this is how I would go out. All of the sudden I heard all of this glass shatter and I knew that the military had come to save me from these two guys. After all the glass was done breaking all the guys heavily armed with M4A1’s came in pointing them everywhere to make sure the place was secure. One guy came over to ask if was alright and I told him that my head just hurt really badly. He asked me why I was here and I told him I was the one being held hostage by these two terrorists and that they were using me to hack into the government.

The one guy asked me if I had any clue where they were and I told him that one of them was in the sleeping quarters but I had no clue on where Makarov was. They told me to sit tight while a group go and look. When they all left the room, Makarov came in and told me that I should have not done this and that it was a very bad thing for me to do. He pulled out a .44 magnum and pointed it at me, I told him not to kill me because it would not be as much fun but rather injure me and watch me suffer so he shot me in the most painful place, the knee. After he shot me he ran out and left never to seem like he was here. The soldiers heard the gunshot so they came running to see what it was and they saw that I had been shot in the knee. They asked me what had happened and I told them Makarov had shot me in the knee than left like he was never here before. They told me that they had an air Evac to take me to the nearest hospital to get treatment for my injuries. I told them that it was no use to search for Makarov because he was one sneaky person ad I told him that they should just go and find his accomplice since I knew that he was still around here somewhere.

When I got to the hospital they rushed me into the ER so that way I could see the physician that was working at that time. After what seemed like an eternity they had finally got my bleeding to stop for now at least and they told me that I would need to undergo some surgery so that way I would be able to walk with that leg again. They called down the OR and told them to get a room ready so they could perform surgery immediately on me so that way they don’t risk a chance of me not being able to use that leg ever again. When I got into the operating room all I saw was shiny equipment and a bright light. They transferred me over onto the main table to perform the surgery, but before they did they had to put me to sleep so that way I would not move during the surgery.

I finally woke up and I felt a lot better it felt like so much pressure had come off of my knee after that surgery and I was very thankful for what all of the staff have done at this hospital so far to help me. My nurse came into my room to ask me how I’m feeling but I could not seem to figure out this nurse because they seemed too familiar to Makarov. I asked them if their name was Makarov but all they told me was their name was none of my business, so I was scared that this might be Makarov and he might be trying to kill me. I hit the button for another nurse to come in, and as soon as I did that this so-called nurse that was already in here ran out the door like I had done something to them. When the real nurse came in they asked me what was wrong and I told them that some guy came in here and he did not look like a real nurse. She had told me that there were no males nurses and that there were only female nurses at this hospital. I asked her if someone wouldn’t mind checking in on me every now and then so that way I would feel a lot safer.

A few hours had passes and a security guard checked in to see if I was okay and I told him that I was fine, but I still thought that the nurse imposter was in the building somewhere but I was not sure. He told me that he would make sure to watch all of the cameras so that way we would know who be coming out and going in the building. I whispered to the security guard to take this device that I made would facial recognize anyone and give them a description. He told me that he would have to ask his boss but he might be able to. As he left the nurse came in to tell me that they needed to take me to physical therapy so that way I could get my knee back up to full working capability.

As we were heading to the gym I heard some doctors talking about some male nurse that was going around and harassing all of the patients. I wondered if it was the same person, or if it was some other dude who wanted to be a nurse but was not one. When we got into the gym all I could smell was sweat from every other patient that was in there trying to get their strength back up. I asked her how often they cleaned this place and she told me that it was not very often that they got rid of the smell. She asked me why I asked her that and al I told her is that I do not want to smell like all different peoples type of body odor. She nodded at e and bought over some portable exercise equipment that I could use up in my room and be comfortable.

After exercise time was over the nurse had left my room and wouldn’t be back for another few hours. I decided that I was going to get into the shower so that way I could smell better for anyone who came to visit me. While I was in the middle of my shower, the water got very cold, at first I wondered if each shower only had a certain amount of hot water. My second thought was that someone had to tamper with the hot water because they knew that I was the shower getting ready, but then I heard it. A scratchy voice came over the hospital’s intercom system and that voice said “We know that there is a certain person in this hospital, and we want him now.” I immediately ran to hit the nurse call button but no nurse came to see what I needed. Next thing I knew the power went out, the whole place became dark and very quiet.

I shouted out loud to see if anyone was around but there was no response, so I decided that I would have to go and find a flashlight. I somehow managed my way to get into the janitors closet and in there I found a very weak flashlight, but at least it worked.  I turned it on and went out of the closet so that way I could see what was around me but all I saw were medical instruments left in one spot like everyone had been taken out of the hospital in a rush. As I continued to search around I heard the intercom come on again and it was the same voice “I see you, but you don’t see me.” I began to worry that whoever it was, was trying to get to me and bring me somewhere. I looked all around to see if I could find any trace of someone but nothing still.

I found my way to the staircase, so my first thought was to find out which floor the security office was on and hack into the computer if it still had power and turn on the hospitals main power supply. While I was heading down the stairs I heard what thought to be someone else coming down the stair, so I decided to say something to see if whatever it is would reply to me. I heard some little kids voice say “Are you my dad, I’m very scared.” I ran to where I heard that voice come from, and sure enough there was a little boy standing in the middle of the hallway. I asked him why he was just standing there but he didn’t answer me. Then I heard a loud “BANG” I saw the little boy drop to the ground like he died from whatever that sound was, so I did the same I dropped down to the floor so that way it would be harder for me to be hit by whatever that was. After a few minutes, I got back up and went over to check on the kid since he was still lying on the ground in a weird position.

I saw that the kid was just a doll that had been shot over so that way it would like whoever it was, was out for blood and not just to play a game of cat and mouse. I thoroughly checked the dolls body to see if I could find out anything about what is happening. I found a little note that said “Watch you step, you don’t want to end up like this doll.” I looked around to see if there was any indication of the security room around and all I saw was a shadow of a person in the distance. As I walk closer to it I heard it say “Hello, I was expecting you.” I knew that voice sounded familiar but I could not place my hand on who sounded like that. Then it hit me, it was Makarov he had found what hospital I was going to for the knee surgery and recovery and he came here to make me suffer a slow death like I told him to.

I asked Makarov why he was doing this and he told me that he was doing this so North Korea and Russia could take over the world, because if the strongest nations fell they could easily take over every other country. I told him that it would never work because I would stop him at all cost even if it meant taking my own life. I saw that Makarov started to run so I decided to chase him, he led me down this other flight of stairs and into the security room that I had been looking for. When I got into the room he pointed a .44 magnum at me and said that this was the end of me. He shot me in the torso but didn’t manage to kill me with the shot. I acted like I was dead until he left the room and once he left the room I would track his every move through all of the security camera this hospital had for some reason. While I was trying to override the computer so I could gain access heard some binary code being said through the intercom “01000011 01101000 01101001 01101110 01100001 00101100 00100000 01001010 01100001 01110000 01100001 01101110 00101100 00100000 01000101 01101110 01100111 01101100 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01100111 01101111 01101110 01100101 00101100 00100000 01110111 01100101 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101101 01110101 01100011 01101000 00100000 01100011 01101100 01101111 01110011 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110111 01101111 01110010 01101100 01100100 00100000 01100100 01101111 01101101 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 00101110”.

Maybe by entering that in once I got into the computer I could figure out what their plan was. I took me several minutes to get into the computer but once I did I turned on the hospitals staff Wi-Fi so that way I could enter what all of that binary code was. When I got done typing it all it I was surprised to see what it was. It said that they had already started to take over the world because England, China and Japan are gone. I knew that if I did not stop Makarov now that this would be the end of the United States of America. I looked vigorously through the cameras to try and find Makarov. When I found him, I saw that he had entered a stairwell and was more than likely heading to the roof so he could escape. I went to the roofs many cameras and I saw that there was a matte black helicopter waiting there. I decided while I wait for Makarov to get there I would start hacking into the computer. Right when I was getting into the controls for the helicopter I felt a sharp pain in my stomach area, then I realized that I was shot and was bleeding out. I looked around to see if there was anything that I could use to stop the bleeding for now, but this security office had no medical supplies anywhere.

I beard through the pain of the bullet wound and continued to hack into the helicopters main system. When I finished getting into the main system Makarov had just arrived at the roof and was heading for the helicopter. The pilot started it up so that way they could leave asap. When Makarov got in I played a message through their headsets that said “Makarov you should have made sure I died, and I’m going to make sure you die. Makarov tried to run but I took over control and made the helicopter take off. They both tried to open a door so they could get out, but I overrode the doors locking system to where I was the only one who could lock it and unlock it. They both sat down and put the headsets on so I decided I would tell them what I’m going to do. I told them that I would make them suffer like the way Makarov is making me suffer right now.

I made sure to cancel out Makarovs headset so that way he could not hear what I was going to say to the pilot. I told the pilot that I needed him to point one of the air vents towards Makarov’s throat and if he did that I would let him live. Once he did that he asked me what I was going to do and I told him that I was going to make Makarov pay for shooting me in the torso and the knee. The next thing I told the pilot to do was to grab a parachute and jump out and go land on the hospital’s roof. Once he jumped out I lock the doors so that way Makarov could not escape.

Makarov took his headset off so I decided that I would talk to him live through the radio. I told Makarov that he is going to pay for what he has done to me and that his suffering would not be so pleasant for him. I overrode the air conditioning system and made it spit air out so fast that the vent cover flew of and pierced into Makarov’s throat. He started to gasp for air and I knew that it would not be much longer. I flew over to the nearest pong and made the helicopter disable so that way no one could gain control of it and save Makarov. Once I did that I went into a camera feed that was in the helicopter and watched Makarov suffer. While waiting for the helicopter to crash and explode I heard knocking on the security door like someone wanted in. When I opened the door, I realized it was the security guard and he asked me what I was doing in here and I responded to him saying I was killing a terrorist by hacking into his helicopter. The security guard told me that it must have been a dream since nothing like that never happened.

When he told, me it was a dream, I wondered if this was a dream also, if this whole thing was one nightmare. All of the sudden I felt this jolt and I opened my eyes to see that I was back home in my bed just like nothing had ever happened. I went out into the kitchen to see what time it was and it said that it was only 3:39 am and I wondered why it said that time. I realized that this was all one terrible nightmare I had.

After having this nightmare, I vowed never to you my hacking skills for anything bad, only to help people, just so that this would never happen.




2 YEARS LATER: I turned on the news to see that there was something bad that was going to happen, and it was going to happen in the area that I lived in. I knew what this meant, that the whole Makarov thing was going to become a reality.




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