Silicona sinks down in her leather armchair, and throws her feet up on her creaky wooden desk. It’s been a long day. Nearly 1,000 terabytes were recovered today. Her phone buzzes with texts: You saved us, Silicona and We are eternally grateful for your work. She watches as her screen lights up rhythmically with new messages. Her skin is sunburned, and her combat boots are dusty from the dry Nevada desert. Her fingers are still shaking from inputting so many different coding strokes. Back home in Oakland, California, none of that matters now. She just saved one of the most highly protected government programs from detrimental exposure.
This wasn’t the first time Area 51 had called upon Silicona. Back in 2013, the United States Air Force facility had asked her to stop a totally different security breach. A hacker had siphoned nearly every top secret file on a new aircraft aimed for extraterrestrial territory, and the Central Intelligence Agency was on the brink of being fully exploited. The National Security Agency had their own team of highly-trained technologists who could trace and capture cyber culprits, yet, none of them rivaled Silicona.
Raised in an airstream in a remote town on the coast of North Carolina, Silicona was far from your typical tech geek. She was born with the innate ability to interpret computer language at lightning speeds. Graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 16, Silicona soon became primed to save governments, businesses, and individuals from data hacks. Time and again she reversed malicious data infractions and kept information that could set the world on its head safe and secure.
This time a hacker had nearly released hundreds of documents depicting Area 51’s latest venture, a fighter jet with speeds up to 3,000 miles per hour. Silicona had used her self-developed detection software to pin-point the hacker’s exact location, and powered up her interloper to permanently shut down their computers. Silicona never gave away her software or protocol. This is what made her so valuable to government agencies across the globe.
Text messages continued to cascade through her phone, including one from United National Secretary, General Siobhan Gutierrez: Amazing work, Silicona. Please call when you’re able. We might have another situation on our hands. Although it was late and Silicona was exhausted, she was worried about what Gutierrez meant. She had no idea Gutierrez even knew about the Area 51 hack. In her pajamas, Silicona made a vermouth cocktail and gave her a call.
“Hello, Ms. Secretary-General. It’s Silicona.”
“Thank you for calling me so late. We have a dire situation on our hands. I’ve been hacked. All of my files are gone.”
“Ok, did you search through any external hard drives?”
“Let me see. What’s your computer’s serial number?”
Gutierrez read over her computer’s information and Silicona locates the problem.
“Ms. Secretary-General, you have too many files. You computer’s overloaded. When this happens, your computer freezes over your data to prevent you from adding anything else.”
“Oh. This is embarrassing.”
“You know, Mozy by Dell has a cloud backup solution to protect all of your information just in case something like this happens again. It’s what I use to back up my data.”
“You’re the best, Silicona. Thank you again.”