Operation Mare Nostrum

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Mission Briefing

from: [email protected]
to: [email protected]
date: June 01, 2022, 21:00 EET
subject: Briefing “Opration Mare Nostrum”

Hi there,

I hope you’re a fan of spy novels, because the case that we have today is a wild one. As you know, the Tiberian Serpent has a few competitors, mainly other clandestine intelligence operators and some private military contractors. Not all of these companies are as ethical as we are.

Last month one of our cells operating in the Mediterranean sea, picked up signals of submarine traffic. Interestingly enough the vessel was almost undetectable, moving at 53.8 knots as recorded by our ship. We contacted a few of the more capable nations around the Mediterranean sea, non of them reported operating submarines moving at this speed.

Fast forward to one week ago, a friendly agency in Greece reported a submarine offloading cargo in the middle of the night. It didn’t seem like a lot, just a couple of water proof looking crates. The reports came from a few Australian tourists who happened to be stargazing on Neraki Beach. The couple managed to sneak some pictures, which we’re still trying to obtain from Greek authorities.

Now looking at our competitors in this space and especially around the Mediterranean sea, one unethical company comes to mind. Going by the name “Emerald Operators”, EO for short. They focus on maritime transportation of valuable goods and VIP protections mostly. Having them as an initial suspect, the government of Greece agreed to free up som EU money and have us probe around a bit.

Yesterday one of my Red Team members, Gina Roberts, managed to exploit the browser of one of their agent handlers. Unfortunately not a regular staff member, but a freelancer it seems. No breaches including email or backend systems, but we did get ourselves access to a portion of a Google Drive containing the files this agent handler was allowed to work with.

You probably know where this is going, we need you to make sense of the data. So far we identified the following information to be important for retrieval: 

  • Locate the safe houses used by the field agents
  • Locate their areas of interest, most likely on satellite images somewhere
  • Find the password(s) for files where needed
  • Find their cargo pick-up location for their next job

As always, happy hunting. The Greek government is paying some good money for this, so let’s deliver them our best work.

Link to files: https://bit.ly/3PL6FfL

Br, Dimitri


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