Scarsdale – Part 1: Unexpected visit at the diner

“Good day, mayor.”

A tall lanky man waved at Mayor David Douglas as he approached him. David took a deep breath and glared at the man as he sat his sad excuse of a hamburger back in its box.

“Hello, Steve.”

Steve slid into the seat across from the mayor. David was not happy about having his lunch interrupted and by Steve of all people. Steve was the sole contractor for information technology systems in the small town of Scarsdale. David remembered that Steve had sent some emails to him marked as important. He did not have time to deal with whatever imagined crisis Steve found.

“What do you want, Steve?”

Steve stared at him with wide eyes and threw his hands in the air, “Have you read those emails I sent?”

“No, I haven’t. I have more important things to deal with than you five cat problems.”

“Damn it, Dave. This is serious.”

“Everything is serious with you Steve…”

“No, this is serious, serious.”

David looked at Steve. He stared back wide eyes and David could see him breathing rapidly. This was not like Steve. Although Steve tended to get nervous in social situations and preferred to communicate electronically, he has never responded to something in this way.

“Okay, what’s going on?”

“There’s been a breach?”

“A breach?”

“A hacker. Someone got through the firewall and broke into the network.”

“Ok, you are going to need to tell me this in English.”

Steve took a deep breath and let it out, “Whoever did it could have accessed our email or even our accounting system.”

David slumped back in his bench, “Shit… are you sure about this?”

“About the breach? Yes. What did they get? I can’t say. What’s the big deal? It not like there was fraud.”

David thought about this for a moment. The more he thought about it the hollower the pit in stomach became. He looked at his burger sitting in front of him and it made him nauseous. He realized that he needed to know more to control this damage.

David leaned forward with a forced smile and pointed his finger, “You get your ass back to work and find out what they got.”

Steve nodded at him with wide eyes, got up, and left the restaurant. After he left the restaurant, David slumped back into his seat and shook his head. This was a big problem and he needed to fix it. Steve was going to be a problem; a problem that he needed to fix.

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