Chapter 20:

Phase 3: Manipulate him

who I am is not who I want to be

Some things you just can’t explain. Feelings surging up inside because of a certain scent or image or face. Knowing things and not knowing how you knew them. Nobody else can explain it. At first, I questioned my vision, my sanity, my imagination. I should go see a doctor. I should have my vision tested. I should see a psychiatrist. I should get my hearing checked.Bookmark here

Irreplaceable!!!Bookmark here

Irreplaceable!!!Bookmark here

Irreplaceable!!!Bookmark here

Irreplaceable!!!Bookmark here

The streets were quiet. So quiet, I bet I could fall asleep and never wake up. She purposely bumped into me. I was Irreplaceable. I felt lucky. I felt scared. I felt excited. And I felt nervous. I also felt well, the list would be too long to tell.Bookmark here

I could not believe what I heard.Bookmark here

I felt like I was living in a fairy tale. I kind of was. My cheeks turned red. Bookmark here

I heard a cackle, and then with a flash of pain, I was on my back, bewildered. She was standing above me, panting, her hand still curled in a fist.Bookmark here

A hard punch in my face was about the same as being tasered. A massive and overpowering shock puts me on the floor, incapable of any further action for a time. Karma punched in my face. A good punch hitting with the knuckles. Getting hit on the jaw shook my brain and made my whole head hurt and feel dizzy.Bookmark here

Shit, man,’ I said to Karma. Bookmark here

‘You really have monster strength.’Bookmark here

Anger curled hot and unstoppable in her gut, like a blazing inferno that wanted to burn her from the inside out while she said:Bookmark here

"Stand on your feet."Bookmark here

I honestly could not remember a time when I got punched in the face by a girl. It was the first punch that I received from a girl in my life.Bookmark here

Bubble tea also fell on the street, and my coat got dirty from it. Her anger was understandable. I tried to stand up on my feet. As soon I stood up, she kicked me in my stomach. She kicked me so bad like so bad that I could hardly breathe. I knew that she was aiming to kick me, but I did not want to offend her by defending myself from her attack.
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Irritation surged up inside her. Her voice was so loud, so thunderous, that I couldn’t concentrate on what she said. She became a different person. Her eyes had warped into a miserable black. She was about to punch me again, and I stopped her by holding her wrist. Before she punched me again, I asked for an apology from her. Bookmark here

I told her that I just saw a photo of Saho and her, and I wanted to know if she has any relationship with Saho because she always seemed interested whenever I talked about him.I told her that I was just searching on her phone if she talks to Saho or not. Bookmark here

"Why are you hiding things from me?"Bookmark here

"Why do you have a photo with Saho?"Bookmark here

I asked her.Bookmark here

On that, she pulled a tissue out from her pocket and cleaned the dirt on my coat. She remained silent while cleaning my coat. I could not read her expressions, she was almost expressionless at that time. Bookmark here

"Saho"Bookmark here

"Saho"Bookmark here

Saho!!!!Bookmark here

"He is someone I hate most in this world. I am just keeping an eye on him and waiting for the right time to make him pay for his sins."Bookmark here

She whispered in my ear.Bookmark here

"That photo is from my childhood when Saho and I used to learn together."Bookmark here

I was listening to her silently and trying to fix the puzzle inside my head.Bookmark here

Eiji was going to help her in stealing some documents from Mr. Manzo's home. Now she needed a person who can reach Saho and steal some useful data that can harm Saho. She could not allow herself to physically approach Saho, and bear the risk of being caught. Bookmark here

She decided to use me to take revenge on Saho. She started manipulating me and started to act like a Victim. Manipulation was  a part of the third phase: gaining access. Bookmark here

(NOTE: Not necessarily a hacker has to follow these 5 steps in a sequential manner. It’s a step wise process and when followed yields a better result. Five phases of hacking:Bookmark here

1. Reconnaissance 2. Scanning 3.Gaining Access 4.Maintaining Access 5. Clearing Tracks)Bookmark here

(NOTE: Gaining Access: This phase is where an attacker breaks into the system/network using various tools or methods. After entering into a system, he has to increase his privilege to administrator level so he can install an application he needs or modify data or hide data.)Bookmark here

The day when she started rushing toward phase 3: gaining access. Hackers will Exploit Security Flaws to gain access just like that she exploited my vulnerable emotions to gain access and made me do whatever she wanted. She gained my trust first; I became comfortable enough to share information that was useful for gaining access on me.Bookmark here

I was someone who could easily enter the organization: Cyber detectives and get closer to Saho. Karma manipulated me to take her revenge on Saho for that data breach. Breaches happen because corporations are not doing enough to protect our data (and often aren't terribly interested in doing so) but the data breach that happened in 2015 in cyber detectives was because of Saho. With the help of his dad: Mr. Hinata and Saho made  information like Account and user information, name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalized data of users and payment information of many employees publicly available. Financial information like credit card numbers was exposed, and it caused a lot of damage. Bookmark here

A vulnerability got discovered by Saho on the website of Cyber detectives, and he did not patch the vulnerability nor reported it. He had access to Akane's system, and he exploited the vulnerability through her system with the help of his father: Mr.Hinata. He left such evidence that could lead investigators to suspect Akane. Bookmark here

Akane found out that Mr.Hinata and Saho were behind it. She heard them talking about it. There was nothing to be done at that time. She was powerless, and her own dad did not give her a chance for explaining herself. She wanted to do something the same with Saho. She wanted to show the world that Saho is an inside attacker who sells information about his own organization. Insiders know the location and nature of sensitive data they can abuse. Karma knew she can use me to create an inside attack that can defame Saho.Bookmark here

Saho had access to the company’s cloud infrastructure. She was planning to deployed malicious code that could deletes 700 virtual machines. That could result, approximately 16,000 users losing access to their accounts.Bookmark here

She calculated the consequences of this situation. The organization will have to spend approximately $1.7 million in employee time to audit its infrastructure and fix the damage. The organization will also have to pay a total of $1 million in restitution to affected users. She wanted to show the world that Saho has used his knowledge of Cyber detective's security mechanisms and abused their weaknesses to gain access to cloud infrastructure and deployed his code.Bookmark here

(NOTE: An insider threat is a category of risk posed by those who have access to an organization's physical or digital assets. These insiders can be current employees, former employees, contractors, vendors, or business partners who all have -- or had -- legitimate access to an organization's network and computer systems. An insider attack is launched by an internal user who may be authorized to use the system that is attacked. An insider attack may be intentional or accidental. Insider attackers range from poorly trained administrators who make mistakes, to malicious individuals who intentionally compromise the security of systems)Bookmark here

(NOTE: Two types of insider attackers:Bookmark here

The Malicious Insider: Malicious Insiders knowingly and intentionally steal data. For example, an employee or contractor may exfiltrate valuable information (like Intellectual Property (IP), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or financial information) for some kind of financial incentive, a competitive edge, or simply because they’re holding a grudge for being let go or furloughed. Bookmark here

The Negligent Insider: Negligent insiders are just your average employees who have made a mistake. For example, an employee could send an email containing sensitive information to the wrong person, email company data to personal accounts to do some work over the weekend, fall victim to a phishing or spear-phishing attack, or lose their work device )Bookmark here

She was going to use me to do this. I could easily approach Saho she knew it. She exploited my vulnerable emotions to make this happen. She knew People often hold tightly to their deepest fears and weaknesses. According to Karma the best way to figure out how to exploit someone’s weakness is to figure out what they fear, and what they love. She spent a lot of time with me and figured out that all I wanted from my life was her.Bookmark here

“Love”.Bookmark here

“Fear”.Bookmark here

I am saying that love and fear is a weakness. And that is my opinion. Love is risky. It can and does create heartbreak. Inevitably. Love and fear are very strong emotions. Yet at the same time, I believe it is also a human weakness.Bookmark here

There was a tendency in Karma to act in her own self-interests and this included the exploitation of my feelings. Exploiting my vulnerable emotions for getting what she wanted. She always felt she need to fight to get the things that she wanted. Bookmark here

All of us have the ability to pick up on other people's weaknesses. But I could not use this ability to exploit. However, Karma was a person playing the role of a Hunter, and I was playing the role of a victim. By screaming at me she could not make me weaker. She gave me the love and made me weaker. Bookmark here

Screaming at the person will not change things. She could never change my mind by screaming at them, but by the love, she was able to change me. Bookmark here

I can say is that she forgot how to love the people around her but she could pretend to love me to make me weaker. What I am talking about is without the love she gave me. I was unable to get exploited. Bookmark here

The manipulation or exploitation was a revenge-taking mechanism for her. It gave her a sense of power. It was like a video game for her, A video game in which she was a hunter, and she could roll the dice in her favor.Bookmark here

She was a sycophant. She liked manipulation. Manipulation was a favorite tool of her for gaining access. Trust is Vital, and this was step number one taken by her. The victims need to trust a manipulative person. Karma worked hard to build trust before doing anything else. Bookmark here

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She repeated herself again and again.Bookmark here

"I need to kill Saho. He is involved in the murder of my grandma. He is a childhood friend of mine."Bookmark here

I could never ever allow her to fell in trouble and get killed just like her grandma. She told me that Saho is responsible for the murder of her grandma to gain sympathy. She lied to me so she can use me. The situation was becoming suitable for her to take revenge on his father and Saho both. Eiji and I both were about to help her in taking revenge on his enemies. Bookmark here

(Features of Manzo Toru:Bookmark here

Height: 6'2'' Bookmark here

Hair: He had Onyx attractive hairs.Bookmark here

Hair Texture: HeavyBookmark here

Descriptive Hair Color: OnyxBookmark 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 sunBookmark here

Nose: SharpBookmark here

Eyes: He had copper-gold eyes. Gold eyes are probably the reflection of the Sun, rather than some superhero using heat vision. However, if a saint is brought into the presence of God, then their faces may shine as Moses did. Bookmark here

Cheeks: Chubby cheeks Bookmark here

Chin: Cleft chinBookmark here

Jaw: Jaw narrowed )Bookmark here

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