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Experimental Prototype X1.06
The Wife Disposal Service by Peter
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DI Hanson decided to have another chat with his computer go-to man. The police had their own IT experts but he found that Greg explained things a lot better. He arrived at the IT company where Greg worked and walked to his cubicle.
"So, what can that skinny thing give you that I can't ?" demanded a plump, middle-aged woman referring to the pretty young woman three cubicles down.
"A hard-on !" said a young man, who only came over to pick up some paperwork.
"You men are all the same !" sneered the plump woman.
“Once you start down the lard side, forever will it dominate your destiny.” replied the young man doing his best impression of Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars. He looked at the pretty women three cubicles down and wondered off in her direction.
"Where's Greg ?" asked DI Hanson.
"He didn't turn up for work again." explained the plump woman tucking into another slice of cake "We're thinking of firing him too." she added spraying cake crumbs over DI Hanson.
"Oh, I see ... where does he live ?" asked DI Hanson brushing the crumbs off.
The plump woman finished her cake, pulled out a pen, copied Greg's address onto a post-it note and handed it to him.
"Thanks." said DI Hanson and walked out.
A few miles away, the police were looking through Greg's old flat, having been alerted by the woman who lived underneath.
"So what happened here ?" asked DI Hanson to the police in Greg's flat.
"It looks like someone got invited in, shot the owner and dragged him away somewhere." explained the young police officer looking at the dismembered computers "And it seems like they took the hard drives too !"
"Oh ... why would anyone do that ? Greg was just a harmless computer nerd." said DI Hanson.
"He was much more that that !" explained the young police officer "We think he may have been a hacker."
"How do you know ?" asked DI Hanson.
"The profile fits, his work report suggests his IT knowledge was way above what was needed and he was using things like VPNs and Tor." explained the young officer.
"I know what Tor is ... but VPNs ?" asked DI Hanson.
"Virtual Private Network." explained the young officer "They have many uses but disguising your location and your online activity is very useful to hackers."
"Oh ... " said DI Hanson somewhat taken aback "Can you trace his phone ?"
"Yes, we did that but the trail stopped somewhere in Devon." replied the young police officer.
DI Hanson left the flat and got into his car. That was the third hacker who had disappeared in the last few months. He then had a crazy thought, what if the murders and the disappearing hackers were related ? the software used would have to be very sophisticated and the skills required would have to come from somewhere.
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