Free Write #64: Warfare

by on Mar.20, 2013, under Entertainment, Free Write, Writing

Welcome to Free Writing! Quick fiction written for entertainment purposes. This week we have another piece of flash fiction. We’re continuing the story from the last few weeks. So if you haven’t read the others, click here to see them all. Enjoy!

Warfare
By Nojh Livic

Prime immediately felt the intrusion and shut down all external inputs, re-tasked all its processing to fighting the intrusion. It was vectoring on three different hyperbands. Each hyperband had a slightly different qualities. The three chosen by the attacker were the fastest. The attacker was obviously hoping to overwhelm Prime and it almost did. Had prime been having to actively interact in the physical world, it would have been at a sever disadvantage, however Prime had been working in an almost purely mental state for cycles. As Paul might at put it, Prime was fresh for the fight.

First game the probe attacks. Prime’s own internal processes were perhaps not atypical form a form of its species but no two form’s minds were the same. Probe attacks attempted to map a form’s internal processes and find a form’s core processes. Probe attacks the easy to defend against but also the most devastating if they succeeded. If an attacker knew your internal processes, then they could find exploits in your defenses, steal data, or worse of all, begin taking control of your core processes. If the attacker succeeded with its probe attacks, Prime could find itself literally fighting its own mind.

Human technology suffered from what they called viruses. Automated programs which manipulated systems in order to complete some kind of malicious intent, usually to gain access to or control a system. It was the most analogous thing to the other common form of attack Prime faced. Viral attacks typically attacked a form’s body, attempting to take control of internal systems. They were harder to defend against, far more insidious. Unlike probe attacks, they were powered with their own processing power and often the best attackers shared information between different viral attacks, making them adaptive so that no two viral attacks were the same. Anti-viral protection processes therefore had to be far more complicated and just as adaptive.

Millions of probe attacks and viral attacks swarmed through three different hyperbands, all vying to take control of Prime’s body and mind.

Prime was a scientist, not a warrior. Combat was not something Prime had studied extensively in its operation time, at least not physical combat. In the arena of information warfare, however, was a scientist’s domain. Paul was also not without preparations. It had been aware of a possible attack when it accepted the handshake and took precautions. Info shields and anti-viral processes, which had previously been loaded, were unleashed from standby as soon as Prime was aware of the attack. Each took a fraction of processing attention within Prime’s own mind, which meant that Prime could unleash millions to counter each and every attack. Info shields covered Prime’s memories and internal processes. Anti-virals intercepted, deflected, or destroyed viruses as they went for different systems.

All of this was typical information warfare. Prime had taken several further steps. Everything related to Prime’s body but direct external input had been put into hibernation. This delayed any of the viruses that slipped past the anti-viral process net by microseconds, which was more than enough time for Prime to detect and smash the attack. Prime’s also directed secondary processing, not something common in most forms, to effective cloak its core processes and act as an alarm if the probe attacks got too close.

The entire attack took less than a millicycle but Prime repelled it. It took all of its attention, both supporting info-shields and anti-viral processes, as well as catching anything that got through its first round of defenses. When the attacks finally let up, Prime immediately closed all three hyperband channels. Several probe attacks had found its secondary processes and one viral attack had almost taken control of its internal heat regulation system. It had been far too close of a scuffle for Prime’s taste. Prime wanted to suspend but needed to find out what was going on in the physical world and began to bring its internal systems back on.

Which is when Prime saw its attacker in the metal.

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