CONFICKER. Somebody says zombie eggs in your computer and the paranoia just red lines. Try to sleep easy, friends, and back up your novel in progress before it all comes crashing down on you like a bad loan. Maybe FaceBook and Twitter really are part of secret plot to herd all the sheep for slaughter. In any event, I'm sure the programmers used a "u" instead of an "i" to name this insideous beast and they would tell us, really they would, but I'm sure they've been liquidated by now. Probably buried in some GoogleEarth scrubbed compound across the Chesapeake Bay. Wait. Is that a knock at my door?
"There is also a different possibility that concerns the researchers: That the program was not designed by a criminal gang, but instead by an intelligence agency or the military of some country to monitor or disable an enemy’s computers...recent attacks that temporarily crippled Twitter and Facebook were believed to have had political overtones. "
KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.