The NSA's core computer network is hacked. The only evidence of the penetration is a folder created on the desktop of the head of the Computer Crimes Division of the NSA, Vincent Pardow. The folder contains only one text document which reads, "I see you. Do you see me? Love the Magician."
The command center is buzzing with activity as dozens of the Federal Government's finest pour over the systems. Soon they discover that not only can the Magician come and go as he pleases breaching any and all the global networks he has also inserted an unstoppable computer virus, aptly named Jubilee, which has polymorphed and propagated to all the systems worldwide. It now threatens all the global financial markets. They have one week before the virus will trigger the deletion of all debit
accounts in all the financial systems in the world. He intends to eliminate all debt records for every person in the world.
Every Government Agency with more than two initials becomes involved as they search the dark side of the net for any trace of the Magician. Soon the word spreads as all of the high tech corporations realize they have become irrelevant. Evidence of a revolutionary new technology is revealed which renders technology as we understand it obsolete; a technology which powerful high-tech corporations and governments must have at any cost. No longer are the corporate and government networks secured. Security is an illusion. Only one person has the key, a mysterious super hacker known only as The Magician.
Meanwhile elite hackers the world over are mysteriously disappearing. Corporations and governments are hunting them down and paying local authorities to imprison them since they cannot prosecute them under existing laws. They also hope to use them to get to the Magician first.
Agent Waylon Gandy is the point man for the FBI's Task Force. A good man who really has no idea what is going on until he is contacted by a computer generated animation of a blue Bull Terrier dog. The dog is lounging in a recliner next to a pool. He's wearing paisley shorts, flip-flops, and a t-shirt with the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death. He is also wearing sunglasses. The dog's name is Snagdasher; a sarcastic, animated, artificial intelligence.
He demands $100,000,000 dollars to help them catch the Magician but later changes his demand $110,000,000 dollars after Agent Gandy pisses him off. From this point on Snagdasher is in and out of every computer network in the world, making deals and generally messing in a big way with all the rich and powerful.
Bill Babcock is a computer instructor for the New Day Computer Training Centers during the day but during his off hours he is a very talented system cracker who goes by the handle, Godonthewire. He is suddenly drawn into the fray as the Magician manipulates the world of fools to give everyone a new start and to straighten out a few kinks in world of governmental affairs.
Law enforcement organizations all over the world join forces to capture the Magician and stop the deadly Jubilee computer virus from activating. Using Snagdasher as a front man, the Magician is determined to bring the establishment to its knees.
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