Chapter 4:

People change with the weather

who I am is not who I want to be

In October 2017, Karma and I met for the first time in real life. In our first meeting, she showed interest in working with me as a bug hunter. Bookmark here

She said to me:Bookmark here

" I want to have you as my teammate. I want you as my partner for bug bounty hunting. Are you willing for it? "Bookmark here

I was embarrassed to tell her the truth about me, and I said:Bookmark here

" I'm just a "script kiddie." I don't think that you will be happy after working with me. "Bookmark here

( NOTE: A script kiddie, skiddie, or skid is an unskilled individual who uses scripts or programs, such as a web shell, developed by others to attack a computer. )Bookmark here

She was generous to me, and she said:Bookmark here

" Hey dude, What is the purpose of my existence in your life if I can not help you from getting rid of that title of " Script kiddie. "Bookmark here

She showed me the reports of bugs that she reported in her career as a bug bounty hunter. She had Reported more than 700 bugs. It was pretty impressive by a 19-year-old girl. Bookmark here

I was amazed, and I said:Bookmark here

" Wow, How is it possible at such a young age? "Bookmark here

On that, she lied to me and said:Bookmark here

" My grandfather taught me this at a young age. I have even worked with my grandpa's friends, who are expert hackers, but after my grandfather died, I had to come to this city and started living here with my cousin. "Bookmark here

I totally believed her what she told me. I didn't know that she was telling a lie and said to her:Bookmark here

" Why are you not living with your parents? "Bookmark here

She lied again and said:Bookmark here

" They are living abroad due to business matters. "Bookmark here

I didn't want to miss a chance of learning new skills from her, and I decided to work with her. I said to her:Bookmark here

" Okay, I would love to work with you. Recently, I received an acceptance letter for the training camp of the organization of " Cyber Detectives. " I passed the entry test by doing cheating. "Bookmark here

She seemed impressed by me and got very excited and said:Bookmark here

" Wow, really!!Bookmark here

It's so cool. Tell me more about it. I wanna know more. "Bookmark here

On that, I felt happy because she started taking more interest in me. I wanted to brag and said to her:Bookmark here

" Karma, Once my training classes will start. I will tell you each and everything about it. "Bookmark here

Everything was going so perfectly. Who knew that a calamity is waiting for me.Bookmark here

In the city full of fancy cars and Crowded bars and supermodels. A City where people only dreamed about becoming Rich. I didn't wish for any of these. All these things were something that I could live without. I didn't know that she also urged for those fancy cars and wealth and supermodels life. I only Urged for my beloved people. My beloved ones were my happiness, my wealth, my everything. I never felt bad for not being extremely rich and couldn't afford a fancy car.Bookmark here

The only thing that I couldn't afford was to lose myself. I evolved into someone who couldn't consider friends and family as wealth.Bookmark here

   "People change with the weather."Bookmark here

I did too. Humanity and money actually should go hand in hand. I forgot that my wealth is my family and friends. Everything she loved, I started loving that thing and starting urging for those fancy cars, Branded clothes, and many more. Wealth Started to seem like gold, diamonds, and fancy cars. I became someone she wanted.Bookmark here

I said to her: "You are right. You always were."Bookmark here

"Our Friendship is determined on the basis of money."Bookmark here

"Our relationship is decided based on money."Bookmark here

"Our consumption is determined by money."Bookmark here

"Our respect is determined solely based on money."Bookmark here

"Our character is judged based on money."Bookmark here

"Our survival depends on money."Bookmark here

My brain got exploited by Akane Toru, which I didn't realize earlier. She wasn't only Exploiting networks, websites, and computers by finding open ports, vulnerabilities, and hidden bugs in them.Bookmark here

(NOTE: Open ports can be dangerous and can cause a system to get hacked .when the service listening on the port is misconfigured, unpatched, vulnerable to exploits, or has poor network security rules. The reason people call for closed ports is that fewer open ports reduce your attack surface.)Bookmark here

She was all along finding the bugs(flaws and weaknesses) in my psychological state. Gradually she started attacking me without letting me know about it. She successfully placed a "backdoor" in my brain.Bookmark here

(NOTE: In simple words, a backdoor is a feature or defect of a computer system that allows surreptitious unauthorized access to data.)Bookmark here

She became "the Root user" of my brain.Bookmark here

(NOTE: A Root is the superuser account in Unix and Linux operating systems. It is a user account for administrative purposes, and typically has the highest access rights on the system.)Bookmark here

She gained all the access to command my brain. She was able to command me to do anything, and it became a must for me to follow her in any situation. I lost my commands, and I became unconscious of it that I was being commanded by someone else. I lost my pulse.Bookmark here

That is how I became a "black hat hacker."Bookmark here

(IMPORTANT NOTE: Black hat hackers are the ones that hack without permission of the owner of data or system for their advantage and can cause damage to someone's data and privacy.)Bookmark here



Once we were doing bug bounty hunting, and she said:Bookmark here

" I think all the humans have some psychological vulnerabilities that can be the cause of their brain's exploitation. What do you say about it Little Dude? Don't You think so?"Bookmark here

I said to her:Bookmark here

" I think this is a very devilish idea, and I never thought about hurting any human."Bookmark here

She raised her voice and said:Bookmark here

" No, I don't mean to hurt anyone. I just mean if we can find a psychological vulnerability of the human. Then we may find a way to exploit the human brain. Maybe we will be able to control that human just like we do while hacking a computer. Controlling someone doesn't mean to hurt someone. Am I right Little Dude?"Bookmark here

I said to her:Bookmark here

" I'm not sure about it. I don't know much about the psychology of a human."Bookmark here

She replied to me and said:Bookmark here

" Hey, it is not a difficult thing. Let me explain to you by giving an example. Consider I like ice cream. Here ice cream is a psychological vulnerability/weakness for me. "Bookmark here

She stopped talking for  a few seconds and continued by saying:
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" If you will take away the ice cream from me and only give it to me if I obey You and I instantly agree to follow your commands. That means You are able to command me. Here the exploit is the condition of taking away ice cream from me and only allowing me to eat it if I obey You. You are taking advantage of my psychological vulnerability. It does not involve hurting me."Bookmark here

(NOTE: An exploit is a program, or piece of code, designed to find and take advantage of a security flaw or vulnerability in an application or computer system, typically for malicious purposes such as installing malware.)Bookmark here

I enjoyed her explanation and said:Bookmark here

"I understand the logic now. So Do You want me to control You by not giving you ice cream?"Bookmark here

She turned around, stared at me, smiled in a sarcastic manner, and said:Bookmark here

" Do you think it's that easy to find my psychological vulnerability and hack me? My psychological vulnerabilities are unknown to me. How will you manage to find them and attack me?"Bookmark here

I was about to say something to her, but She received a phone call from a guy named "Haru" and told me that she has to go somewhere in a hurry and started moving toward a Cab.Bookmark here

She wasn't wearing her mask at that time so I was able to notice her tensed face after receiving that phone call. It seemed as if she didn't want a conversation at all with that guy Haru. she switched her phone off.Bookmark here

I was ready to smash a truth bomb on her but, my good luck was that she went away before I said anything about her psychological vulnerability. Otherwise, She would have probably knocked me out of her life without any hesitation.Bookmark here

She never told me about herself more than a limit, but I tried to dig out some information about her that how does she find out that I'm a hacker only one of my close friends could tell her about that. Only My grandma, my parents and my little sister, and few friends were aware of the fact that I'm into white hat hacking. There was no other way for her to find about it. She never told me from where did she had dug out that information.Bookmark here

I asked my friends if they know a hacker or have they meet any hacker other than me in their life. None of them knew any other hacker other than me. I couldn't ask my friends If they have met any "Akane Toru" because she didn't reveal her name to me.Bookmark here

To be more precise, once I said to her:Bookmark here

" When will you tell me your name? "Bookmark here

she said:Bookmark here

" I want you to promise me something. Will You promise me not to reveal my name to anyone if you ever came to know about my name. "Bookmark here

She added and said: Bookmark here

"It can be harmful to me if lots of people get to know about me being in this city. So I must not get to know many people in this city. My father has lots of enemies in this city, and I'm living here without my parents. I'll be in trouble if some of his enemies reached me. "Bookmark here

I promised her. I couldn't even show her photo to any of my friends and ask if they know her. She totally banned me from having any of her photos on my phone. Guess my luck was bad, and I never find anything useful about her. She didn't have many friends. Even her Instagram profile was private and didn't have many followers. She was beautiful enough to have thousands of followers.Bookmark here

(Features of Karma:Bookmark here

Height: 5'4''Bookmark here

Skin Tone: IvoryBookmark here

Characteristics of skin tone: Porcelain to light skin color, without or with minor imperfections, sensitive, and could easily burn under the sun.Bookmark here

Hair: She had Silky short grey hair. Bangs obscured her eyes like a sheepdog. A narrow strip of hair from the left side was Ebony/black.Bookmark here

Hair Texture: Soft and SilkyBookmark here

Descriptive Hair Color: Grizzled (gray)Bookmark here

Eyes: She had “piercing” blue eyes that were intense enough to feel like they were able to “pierce” another person’s soul.Bookmark here

Cheeks: Chubby cheeks with a Hallow dimpleBookmark here

Chin: Cleft ChinBookmark here

Jaw: Jaw hallmarked her facial featuresBookmark here

Nose: Sharp )Bookmark here

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