Episode Seven: An Ill Wind

by Robert G. Ferrell
Sept. 23, 2017 0 comments Symantec Pen Testing & Audits narrative

Jake wasn't coping too well with life, the universe, and everything. He had gotten to work on time, and given that it was Monday, this was cause for some small amount of self-congratulation. The week was looking as though it might shape up to be a good one. Scanning his email, he saw a message from one of his friends. He opened it, and it contained only one line: a URL. Jake obediently clicked on the URL (first making sure it contained no odd characters or anything else overtly suspicious) and read midway through the first paragraph. His shoulders slumped and he felt himself droop involuntarily in his chair. He closed his eyes for a moment and then opened them slowly, one at a time, as though if he gave the words a chance, they might rearrange themselves into something less objectionable. It didn't work.