who I am is not who I want to be
It was 2nd December 2017, my first day in the organization of Cyber detectives as a trainee. Karma wished me the best of luck on my first day.
I returned from my training classes at 6:00 PM. Just as expected, Karma was waiting for me outside my home.
I took her to my room, and we started to work for bug bounty hunting.
During work, she started to ask me about my first day.
I told her everything is awesome and experts are training me. She asked me how many departments are there? I told her many, but I know about three to four departments. She was taking much interest in talk of training classes.
Every day I used to tell her about my training classes. I almost told her everything that happened to me as a trainee. One day, I told her about a fight; that I had with a guy from the department for cyber forensics.
She switched her laptop off and said to me:
" Tell me everything in detail that he did to you. "
I said to her:
" Nothing special, He just punched me in my face, and I did the same to him. "
She said with curiosity:
" Tell me his name. "
I said :
" Why are you asking his name? Anyway, His name is 'Saho.' A very arrogant man, I don't like him much. "
She was in trauma for few seconds and then shook her head and said:
" I just asked you because, How dare he to punch you?
Let me take a look at your face. I hope you aren't hurt. "
After that, she often asked me about the department of cyber forensics.
Anything we do that hurts others is a sin. Karma was continually committing sins by hurting others to achieve her dreams.
I'm a sinner too. Everyone is. We judge other humans for sinning differently than us. We don't see our sins as something immoral or sinful.
Akane used others and never took it as a "sinful" deed. Many other young hackers who she contacted before reaching me didn't get exploited by her. At that time she didn't know the technique of exploitation of the human brain.
Why was I got manipulated by her while others escaped from her brain exploitation approach? For a long time, I couldn't find the reason behind it, but Now I know the reason.
Why it was easy for her to manipulate me?
She was only able to implement the technique of "exploitation of vulnerable emotions" on me. She never dug the personal information of other hackers before approaching them directly, but in my case, she was keeping an eye on me for three months, even before she started chatting with me online.
In the Year 2017, my younger sister went to a school in Kyoto city, where she had many friends. My sister "Rin" used to brag about me by telling her friends that my elder brother "Zack" is an ethical hacker, although I was just a script kiddie at that time.
(NOTE: A script kiddie is a person who uses existing computer scripts or codes to hack into computers, lacking the expertise to write their code for hacking )
One of her Classmates: 'Haru' got really impressed by her stories about me being a Hacker. He decided to become a hacker, but he didn't due to the unavailability of resources to continue his studies. He even left the school due to the lack of resources available to him.
He was doing a part-time job in a cafe named ' Sunshine' where he used to share all of his dreams and life issues with one of the workers in the Cafe.
It is where "Akane Toru" got to know about me. Both that cafe worker and 'Haru' used to talk a lot during their work shift. Haru was depressed due to his family issues and overload of work at a young age. He started crying in front of that worker.
Haru said to the worker:
" I wish to escape from this overload of work and go to school again. I wish to see "Rin" again and want to become lucky just like her.
The worker asked Why do you think that Rin is lucky.
Haru wiped his tears and said:
"She is born lucky because she can afford to study and pay the School dues. She does not have to do extraordinary work just like me. She has a smart brother who is an Ethical hacker, who helps her and loves her so much. I want a brother like Zack who can support me."
After that, the worker Hugged Haru. He told him that he is going to take him to dinner at a good restaurant. At that 'Haru' felt very happy. That worker said:
" I'll try to become a supportive person for you."
Haru showed Rins's Instagram profile, and after that, he showed my profile to that cafe worker. He was showing that Zack is going to join Training camp for certified ethical hackers.
Haru pointed toward an Instagram post of mine in which I was giving a gift to Rin and said :
" Can You see it? How lucky both of them are? They are living, celebrating, and enjoy their life. I want the same life as them."
Akane used to visit the cafe ' Sunshine' often during the evening time. She heard Haru talking about becoming a hacker. She also heard about me from Haru in that cafe ' Sunshine.'
After observing Haru for few times in the Cafe "Sunshine" and getting to know about his general information. Akane asked one of the workers of that cafe to provide Haru's phone contact to her. She without getting to know much about him contacted him. She messaged Haru and pretended to be zack.
She said to Haru:
" This is one of the Biggest opportunities that You'll ever gonna find in your life. I offer You to learn how to hack for free. I'm a Hacker. I'll be your mentor. In return, you'll have to do me a little bit of favor. What do you say about it?
Haru thought that the person who messaged him is zack. He was overjoyed after seeing that text message and instantly replied with lots of smiley emojis and said:
" Zack, Is that You?
Are You for real?
Why will you do it for free?
I'm a big fan of yours. Rin told me a lot about your hacking skills when I was in the same school as her. I'll do anything in return if You'll be my mentor."
Akane had a flashback in which Haru was showing Zack's profile to the cafe worker. She decided to pretend as if she was really zack and observe Haru's reactions.
She said to Haru:
" Yeah, I'm Zack, but do me a favor " tomorrow at 5:00 pm. you will come to my home with your laptop. "
If You agree to this condition, then I'll teach you."
Haru agreed. The next day she started chasing Haru and came to know about the exact location where I ( zack ) lived.
Exact at 5:00 pm; she texted Haru while pretending to be zack and said:
" I'm not at home today. Don't visit me today. "
On that Haru, returned back.
The next day Akane just texted Haru and said:
" I have changed my mind. I won't do it for free. "
Haru didn't reply to this message. After two days of deep thinking about the opportunity, he replied to Akane and said:
" You are not the same "Zack Erwin" who once I admired a lot. You can keep your offer."
Akane wasn't disappointed because she was expecting such a reply. She replied to him and said:
" The decision is yours. In case you'll change your mind. Feel free to ping me anytime."
She never reached any hostage hacker personally, always indirectly contacted them. She stayed anonymous while targeting them as her hostage. My case was different. She came to know about me by indirect means and then directly contacted me after the investigation of 3 months on my personality. She applied the five stages of hacking on me.
The Five stages while hacking any target machine are:
1.reconnaissance/recon, 2. Scanning and enumeration , 3. gaining access/exploitation
4. maintaining access, 5. covering tracks
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Reconnaissance is Information Gathering and getting to know the target systems is the first process in ethical hacking. Reconnaissance is a set of processes and techniques (Footprinting, Scanning & Enumeration) used to covertly discover and collect information about a target system )
She did reconnaissance in those first three months and collected all the possible knowledge about her target, Zack Erwin. To be more precise, she did a passive reconnaissance on me without contacting me directly.
On my birthday, she stepped forward to start an active reconnaissance of me. She directly contacted me with the intention of knowing more about me and became my online friend. In the two months of online friendship, she completed her active reconnaissance. We used to chat a lot. I shared everything with her my morals, my personality type, my family issues, my liking, and my disliking. And this is how she completed her first stage of hacking a human brain. Reconnaissance was completely done in the first five months.
( IMPORTANT NOTE: There are 2 types of Recon: Active and Passive. The main difference between active and passive reconnaissance is the methods they use to gather information. Active recon tools interact directly with the systems in order to gather system-level information while passive recon tools rely on publicly available information )
(Features of Akane Toru:
Height: 5'2'' (Year 2015 )
Hair: She had long, black hair cascaded down her back. Her hair was resting on the top of the ears, come to both sides, split over the right eye with some lonely straws pinching his nose.
Hair Texture: Soft and Silky
Descriptive Hair Color: Ebony/black.
Skin Tone: Ivory
Characteristics of skin tone: Porcelain to light skin color, without or with minor imperfections, sensitive, and could easily burn under the sun
Eyes: She had Icy blue eyes that are a bit whitish or a glassy shade of blue.
Cheeks: Chubby cheeks with Hallow dimple on cheeks
Chin: Cleft chin
Jaw: Jaw narrowed )