Anti-Virus definitions are out of date.... ACCESS DENIED

Anonymous's picture
August 16, 2011 - 11:26am
Just like modern computers, tablets, smartphones, jedions, etc. some robots in the Frontier require AV software. After all, most are tied into some type of network. You wouldn't want a virus to infect the combat robots guarding the ship from enemy's, would you? 

Robots don't browse the Galactic-NET (gNET), however they do access and retrieve data often. Is the data validated before uploading? Think about how your computer interacts with AV. 
  • PC's pose as robot tech's and infect a maid-bot at a remote Streel office. Once the maid-bot checks into the computer network it will upload a small program that changes the employee time clocks behind 30 seconds. In that 30 seconds they will use a badge to "punch in for work" granting them access to the facility.
  • A malicious botnet infects the party's communications robot. The software turns the robot into a clepto. It steals cred-cards and cred-chips and uses them to bet online, often picking the loper who comes in last... most of the time. Star Law is informed of the online betting and issues a warrant for the party's arrest. 
There's lots more ideas... but you get the point.

Referee Note
Computer skills and robotic skills are separate, there is no overlap. If a virus is written to infect a computer, it will not infect a robot and vise-versa. However, a computer network could carry a robot virus. 


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Shadow Shack
August 16, 2011 - 4:08pm
Computer viruses are a headache in real life. I only wish them upon my worst of enemies, meanwhile SF players are my friends. Putting them into my game --- what is this, the list of Evil DM options? Wink
I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

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Anonymous's picture
w00t (not verified)
August 16, 2011 - 8:23pm
Actually, jedion and I came up with some believable and fun scenarios offline. Really their just another type of obstacle we don't think about or consider. :-)

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Captain Rags
August 16, 2011 - 10:22pm
I can't help but think that most computer virus' are created by the very companies that sell the programs to identify and get rid of them; the ultimate scam if I'm right.

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jedion357's picture
August 17, 2011 - 2:33pm
Location: Star Safari Park, on a Star Play Rest and Relaxation Station. (there are 3 of these in the Frontier: over Ankor, Zebulon; Morgaine's World, Prengular; and Circe, Solar Minor)

A Robotic virus has invaded the animal bots and they no longer similate death after being shot with a light rifle (stepped down laser rifle-totally harmless) they are now attacking the tourist. Its very bad for business you understand.

Star Play denies......

EDIT: I missed 2 RRS stations; Outer Reach and Kwadl-kit
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!