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[GAME LAUNCH] Strange Package-Rabbithole
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vpisteve
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[GAME LAUNCH] Strange Package-Rabbithole

I got a Fedex package today. It was a container of honey with cutout letters in the honey.

I have no idea what this is, but it seems to be leading somewhere. More soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:58 pm
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vpisteve
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Here are some pics:
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vpisteve
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Leads to:

http://www.ilovebees.com

Shocked
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Wishi-san
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Joined: 20 Oct 2003
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Random text appears if you refresh a couple of times

Quote:
HALT

MODULE CORE HEMORRHAGE

Control has been yielded to the SYSTEM PERIL DISTRIBUTED REFLEX.

Terminate your connection immediately.

This medium is classified, and does not require human authorization to act.

In 11 days, network throttling will erode.
For security reasons, this medium has a STRONG INTRUSIVE INCLINATION.

In 25 days it will metastasize.

COUNTDOWN TO WIDE AWAKE AND PHYSICAL:


Quote:
Seek the truth

Behold the truth

Reveal the truth

That is the law and the whole of the law


Quote:
FAQ
Q: What happened to this site?
A: No idea. Help me out here.


Quote:
site aesthetic by aunt margaret


Weird keywords!
Quote:
honey, bees, Margaret, small busines, beekeeping,
hives, retail, market, Operator, bug, buggy, virus, infestation, WTF is
going on with this damn thing, parasite, strong intrusive inclination, medium,
messages, shipwreck, network throttling, SOS, hoax, game, bee hoax, bee game,
survivor, survive, evade, resist, escape, a little help would be appreciated,
thanks and tip your waitress, sleep, is, good, install, reinstall,
re-reinstall, re-re-reinstall, I, love, bees


Javascript in file:
Quote:
var chinatime = new Date(2004,7,24,6,7,0);


I think this is 24/7/04 6:07:00 Hong Kong == 23/7/04 22:07:00 GMT
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 5:04 pm
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jamesi
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More quoted text from the 'hacked' page:

Quote:
net:
!attach
act | drop
!attach
act | drop

grope:
!probe host
crypt weak
!decrypt host
decrypt confidence 100


Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
black beach, nothing but sand and darkness. Sometimes, in the distance, dry lightning: in the flash I see pieces of the wreck around me, the spars and rigging of my brain

-hold on. hold on. Steady up. Get a grip, girl. You have to fight through this.

Take a deep breath.

Survival Key #3: How Badly Are You Hurt?

Mentally, subject is confused and disoriented.


Quote:
I keep slipping in and out of consciousness.

Physically, subject is paralyzed but moving.

Okay.

What the hell does THAT mean?

Held down: yes. As if strapped to a table. Could I be in traction in some sick bay, some hospital ward?

Not necessarily one of ours.

But at the same time, parts of me being moved around, emptied out. As if under general anaesthetic, dimly conscious, half-aware as the surgeon cuts off my feet and sews them onto my shoulders. She opens my head with a medical hammer and sand spills out.

I WANT TO DIE I WANT TO-

-no.

never that.

survive evade reveal escape. That is all you know, or need to know.

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Wishi-san
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Joined: 20 Oct 2003
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Location: UK. Southwards.

Here's the sounds which play in the background sometimes.

This from http://www.ilovebees.com/hives.html

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
Phasmids.

I have to signal, I can't stay stranded here. But if I somehow am operating behind enemy lines, I don't want to draw attention to myself, either.

Therefore, I shall be a phasmid. Phasmidia Elegans, they call me-scourge of the sandbox.

God I hate it here.

Phasmids.


Code:
<pre>
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

length:       120 meters
crew:           40
cover:         pleasure yacht
ha
                ir co   
                  lor:      b
                      r   o


                                                                                                                          wn
<pre>


hair color brown it says incase you can't read it Smile

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

FIELD EXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING

"Find a straight stick about a meter long and stand it upright on fairly level upright ground. Mark the tip of the shadow cast by the stick: wait 15 minutes: mark the shadow again. Draw a line from the first mark through the second and some way beyond. Stand with your left foot on the first mark and your right on the end of the line. In the northern hemisphere, you will now be facing north, and can recall the other directions by their relationship to north. In the south, contrariwise."

Hm.

No stick.
No sun.


honey.html is weeird

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
nd in about half an Hour the Boat was overset by a sudden Flurry from the North. What became of my Companions in the Boat, as well as of those who escaped on the Rock, or were left in the Vessel, I cannot tell; but conclude they were all lost.

lay down on the Grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remember to have done in my Life, and, as I reckoned, above Nine Hours; for when I awakened, it was just Day-light. I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir: For as I happen'd to lye on my Back, I found my Arms and Legs were strongly fastened on each Side to the Ground; and my Hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the same Manner. I likewise felt several slender Ligatures across my Body, from my Armpits to my Thighs.


Quote:
Seek the truth

Behold the truth

Reveal the truth

That is the law and the whole of the law

Seek the truth

Behold the truth

Reveal the truth


...this repeats A LOT I'm not pastin that

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

"At night in the Earth's southern hemisphere, run an imaginary line along the axis of the Southern Cross to extend out about five times the length of that axis. Any landmark directly under that imaginary point will be in the general direction of south."

Any landmark.

Sandmark.

anything

anything

nothing


Quote:
et:
!attach
act | drop
!attach
act | drop
!attach
act | drop
!route
proc attach proc net
!route
proc attach proc grope
!route
proc attach proc sur

bees1.wav
Description  Bees @ ilovebees
wav

 Download 
Filename  bees1.wav 
Filesize  9.63KB 
Downloaded  391 Time(s) 
queen-piping.wav
Description  Queen Bee @ ilovebees.com
wav

 Download 
Filename  queen-piping.wav 
Filesize  5.55KB 
Downloaded  408 Time(s) 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 5:11 pm
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dmax
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Location: Location: Location!

Heh. Phasmid = walking stick.

Her blogger entry #1:
Quote:
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
The Damage
In a flurry of wishful thinking, I imagine a huge demographic overlap between bee fans and webmonkeys.

This blog is born.

You're reading this, so I'll assume you've already witnessed the damage over on my aunt's web site. That's how you got here, right? (Unless your last Google search included the terms "honey," "SOS" and "WTF".) Hmm... now I'm actually curious to see what that turns up.)

Okay, focus, Dana.

I've been wrestling with the site bug(s?) myself since late last week. I've exhausted every strategy I can think of: scoured my code, ran virus checks, did the whole spyware Spyhunter thing, installed all the browser updates, and then finally just wiped the site and rebuilt it from scratch. Nothing helped.

In fact, although I might just be hallucinating from too much maté, I would swear it's getting worse.

I'm posting all of the original pages below, so you can see what www.ilovebees.com looked like BEFORE it crossed over to the dark side.
posted by Dana at 7/13/2004 10:06:13 PM

then she posts originals of the old ilovebees pages - anyone checked for steg yet? - and then more blog:
Quote:
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Delinquent
Best case scenario: the delinquent site gets fixed before the 29th, when I'm flying to Beijing. There's no way I'm just going to bail and leave Aunt Margaret to deal with this until who knows when. (She bought me my All-Asia air pass in exchange for 7 years of indentured tech support, and ... I'm not going to let her get the raw end of the deal here. Not an option.)

(The trip is hard to defend. Beijing is the first stop on an open-ended backpacking trip through East/Southeast Asia, a trip I have no good reason to be taking (as my parents like to remind me), except (as I point out to them, though sometimes kind of quietly and maybe even after they've left the room) I've been "home" — in one way or another — for 22 years now, and absolutely everywhere I go is already drenched with my own history.

I'm tired of being so...known.

So I guess you could say that the point of this trip is to make the stone stony. And I'm the stone. And I'll come back whenever I'm unfamiliar enough that it won't feel anymore like home has reached its saturation point of me.)

Anyway: I really don't want to leave my aunt in the lurch. All suggestions (obvious, off-the-wall, whatever) are welcome, I've tried everything I can think of, am completely out of ideas.
and finally, the more recent entry:
Quote:
Friday, July 16, 2004
Counting down to WHAT?
So the bug — or virus, or spyware, or, whatever it is — is now apparently counting down to something, and that something looks like it's going to happen while I am somewhere in Szechuan province and I can't fix it and yeah it's creeping me out and yeah I'm not happy about this. (The recent appearance of words like "mayday", "metastasize", "hemorrhage," and "classified" isn't cheering me up, either.)

What the hell is this thing. And why would a site as harmless, I mean utterly and completely harmless, as www.ilovebees.com attract its attention?

posted by Dana at 7/16/2004 01:31:35 PM 0 comments


No comments yet? What's the matter with you people??????

On refresh, a small entry at the bottom left on the ilovebees home page (not the blog):
Quote:
site designed by dana
Time to China!
12:17:50:40:312

other stuff:
Quote:
That was my nickname. That's what the rest of the crew called me when they didn't call me ... whatever my name was.

The Operator.

I wish I could remember their names.


Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

I've been here forever.
Conscious, unconscious. On, off. On, off. On off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off on off

Nobody here.
Nobody calling.
Nobody's going to come.


Quote:
That is the law and the whole of the law


Quote:

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY nd in about half an Hour the Boat was overset by a sudden Flurry from the North. What became of my Companions in the Boat, as well as of those who escaped on the Rock, or were left in the Vessel, I cannot tell; but conclude they were all lost.

lay down on the Grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remember to have done in my Life, and, as I reckoned, above Nine Hours; for when I awakened, it was just Day-light. I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir: For as I happen'd to lye on my Back, I found my Arms and Legs were strongly fastened on each Side to the Ground; and my Hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the same Manner. I likewise felt several slender Ligatures across my Body, from my Armpits to my Thighs.
(Gulliver's Travels, right?)

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vpisteve
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Here's the return address info from the Fedex pack.

Margaret Efendi
Margaret's Honey
2370 Market St. #450
San Francisco, CA 94114

It was sent Standard Overnight yesterday.
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Wishi-san
Unfettered


Joined: 20 Oct 2003
Posts: 602
Location: UK. Southwards.

links.html now...

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
Just remembered something important:

The Operator.

That was my nickname. That's what the rest of the crew called me when they didn't call me ... whatever my name was.

The Operator.

I wish I could remember their names.


Quote:
net:
!attach
act | store recurse

surg:
!config
master-sector:net attach
!config
master-sector:mat si
!kindle master-sector
master-sector active


Quote:
net:
!attach
act | drop

surg:
!mat
si confidence 78

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Wishi-san
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Location: UK. Southwards.

about.html

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
Tricky. Can't seem to focus. Need to start on the easy ones, like "up". Move on to the compass later.

Up.

Up.

...Damn it.

You'd think "up" wouldn't be too much to ask. It's not like nor-nor-east or something.

I need to find out where I am. Also who, but that might be less important. It's possible the two things are related.

Stars, I need stars. I was always a fine sailor; they said my navigation was celestial.

I think I am a fallen star. I should wish on myself. Please let me go home, please let me go home, please let me go home, please let me go home, please please please please please please please ple


Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
I've been here forever.
Conscious, unconscious.


Quote:
On, off. On, off.
On off on off on off
on off on off on off
on off on off on off
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on
off on off on off on


This repeats as well Smile

Quote:

*lots of space I missed out*

Nobody here.
Nobody calling.
Nobody's going to come.


Quote:
system peril distributed reflex

!restore master-sector
recurse

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honey.html

On honey.html

Quote:

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
All lost! To prayers, to prayers! All lost!

What, must our mouths be cold?

Arachne hung herself, you know. Take a hint already.

[many line breaks]


God my head hurts.


[/quote]
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from m-w.com:

Main Entry: ef·fen·di
Pronunciation: e-'fen-dE, &-
Function: noun
Etymology: Turkish efendi master, from New Greek aphentEs, alteration of Greek authentEs -- more at AUTHENTIC
: a man of property, authority, or education in an eastern Mediterranean country

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blog quote

The blog quote:
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug


is from The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka. ABout the book:

The Metamorphosis

Genre Novella
Keywords Disability, Disease and Health, Family Relationships, Illness and the Family, Individuality, Mental Illness, Patient Experience, Psychosomatic Medicine, Suffering,
Summary First published in 1915, this is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young traveling salesman who lives with and financially supports his parents and younger sister. One morning he wakes up to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a "monstrous vermin" or insect. At first he is preoccupied with practical, everyday concerns: How to get out of bed and walk with his numerous legs? Can he still make it to the office on time?

Soon his abilities, tastes, and interests begin to change. No one can understand his insect-speech. He likes to scurry under the furniture and eat rotten scraps of food. Gregor's family, horrified that Gregor has become an enormous insect, keep him in his bedroom and refuse to interact with him. Only his sister Grete demonstrates concern by bringing his food each day.

When Gregor breaks out one day and scurries into the living room, his father throws apples to chase him away. One becomes embedded in his back. Eventually the apple becomes rotten and infected; Gregor wastes away. When he dies the cleaning woman throws his remains into the garbage.
Commentary Gregor's predicament is much like that of any person suffering from severe, particularly disfiguring, chronic illness or disability. Gregor's life story and personal identity change dramatically when he becomes a vermin. In the new identity his senses are different: the hospital across the street is now beyond Gregor's range of vision. His abilities change. Shifts in spatial arrangements circumscribe Gregor's movements. His voice is transformed. Some of Gregor's changes are generated from within; some are conditioned by the world's reaction to his metamorphosis.

Other metamorphoses also occur in the story. Gregor's family see his predicament as an affront to them (after all, they expect Gregor to support the family). They withdraw from him, try to contain the damage, but in the process begin to change their own life stories as well--Gregor's father, who had been disabled, mobilizes and goes back to work; he changes from being an "old man" to a bank official "holding himself very erect." Gregor's sister also gets a job and seems on the verge of a new life.

"The Metamorphosis" can also be seen as a reaction against bourgeois society and its demands. Gregor's manifest physical separation may represent his alienation and inarticulate yearnings. He had been a "vermin," crushed and circumscribed by authority and routine. He had been imprisoned by social and economic demands: "Just don't stay in bed being useless . . . . "

In a psychoanalytic interpretation, The Metamorphosis prevents the imminent rebellion of the son against the father. Gregor had become strong as a result of his father's failure. He crippled his father's self-esteem and took over the father's position in the family. After the catastrophe, the same sequence takes place in reverse: son becomes weak, and father kills him.

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Dana is turning into a bee. We want to know why.











(I kid, I kid. Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

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Wishi-san
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More random quoting, I think I'm done now!

Quote:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
black beach, nothing but sand and darkness. Sometimes, in the distance, dry lightning: in the flash I see pieces of the wreck around me, the spars and rigging of my brain

-hold on. hold on. Steady up. Get a grip, girl. You have to fight through this.

Take a deep breath.

Survival Key #3: How Badly Are You Hurt?

Mentally, subject is confused and disoriented.

I keep slipping in and out of consciousness.

Physically, subject is paralyzed but moving.

Okay.

What the hell does THAT mean?

Held down: yes. As if strapped to a table. Could I be in traction in some sick bay, some hospital ward?

Not necessarily one of ours.

But at the same time, parts of me being moved around, emptied out. As if under general anaesthetic, dimly conscious, half-aware as the surgeon cuts off my feet and sews them onto my shoulders. She opens my head with a medical hammer and sand spills out.

I WANT TO DIE I WANT TO-

-no.

never that.

survive evade reveal escape. That is all you know, or need to know.

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