or how to infiltrate, rob, and demoralize a corp in less than two weeks
Hello faithful readers! It’s been a while since I posted anything, but I’ve been busy merc’ing it up w/ the guys at Underworld Excavators (firmly recommended if you want to be a merc, and have a love for all things pew). While not making WTs sad, I find lulls in my schedule where I have little to do, and this time I thought I would fill it with carebear tears.
I’ve been reading a lot about corporate infiltration, and really, I consider this to be the fastest way for one person or a small group of people to generate a massive amount of tears, and a pretty generous amount of ISKs. So, without further distraction let’s get into it, shall we?
Step 1: Are you ready?
Thing you will need for a successful corporate infiltration:
1) A character this particular corp would find appealing (read: Hulk pilot, Orca pilot, Missioner).
2) An actively recruiting corporation.
3) A cold and calloused heart (yes, you will make them cry, possibly in real life).
Step 2: Target Acquisition
OK, I’ve got my infiltration alt ready, but where are all these bears? How do I know a good target?
Simmer down there cowboy, we’ll get there. You are looking for just about the stupidest people in the game. They fly things they shouldn’t fly, they do things you probably know better than, and they more than likely buy PLEX or illegal ISK from ISK farmers.
Finding these particular lovelies is quite simple using my patented “Sit on my ass and let the target come to me” targeting system.
1) Get in a cloaky ship on your main and camp out at a busy gate in a major trade hub.
2) When you see big expensive ships fly by, show info.
3) How old is this toon? If less than 6mo and he’s flying a big, expensive ship read on.
4) Is he in a corp? If yes continue.
5) Is his corp an indy/mining/missioning corp? If yes continue.
6) Is the corp recruiting? If yes, good sign. Does it specifically point to hiring “new players”? If yes, this is your corp.
Let’s take this system into practice using my target corp:
Here is my target: Chase08888 from the corp Transfixion. I picked him up flying an Orca out from Jita, but wait there’s more. I did a quick scan of his cargo and behold POS fuel. Now kids, if you are trying to infiltrate a corp, and you are looking for targets, nothing says “please steal from me” like a 5 month old corp’d Orca pilot, with POS fuel in his cargo hold. Why is it a good target?
1) No matter what people tell you, DO NOT corp your Orca alts. They are just as effective in an NPC corp, and are instantly the primary target in a combat situation. Why? ISK efficiency. Even if you lose 2-3 BSs taking one out, it paid for itself. It’s also one of the piñatas of EVE. Cool and expensive stuff falls out of them much in the same way candy erupts out of a Paper Mache donkey when you hit it with a bat or large piece of wood.
2) It’s a 5mo Orca pilot. When you were 5 months old could you afford an Orca? I’m not even going to go into the whole “Only fly what you have support skills for”, since by the end of this article, it should be droned into your brain.
3) The Orca is a great ship, it does tons of things. POS fueling probably isn’t on the top of that list. Why? Orcas take about 50 seconds to enter warp and have a really slow warp speed. They are the perfect person to follow around, and if you have POS fuel in the cargo bay, you just hit the top of my “list of people to stalk” today. Guys, use an indy or something, not a 400M ISK bullseye.
4) If you’re flying something in an Orca you don’t want people to see, stick it in the Corp Hanger, save yourself the cargo scan fail.
5) Did I forget to mention while I was following it I noticed it was on auto-pilot? No? Well that’s a segway right into: Don’t auto-pilot people. Just don’t.
As long as were following this guy, let’s look into the corp, shall we?
Well, these guys just look full of win, don’t they? Let’s apply to their corp.
Step 3: The Infiltration or Breaking the Ice
Now for reasons of account security (read: at some point I’d like to sell this useless indy pilot), I’m not gonna do chat logs here, but needless to say it was pretty easy and went something like this:
Tearbot > Ohai
Tearbot> I wanna join corp, I’m a noob and I wanna mine.
Director> Good stuff, CEO not on right now, when he is we’ll get back to you.
Tearbot > Ohai
CEO > Ohai
Tearbot > I wanna mine for you.
CEO > For great security justice give me limited API info.
Tearbot > What’s that?
*fast forward thru noob faking*
CEO > Well, you don’t look like an infiltration alt, welcome aboard.
Tearbot > o/
Yes. It’s that easy…..really. About 3hrs into this corp I see the following in corp chat:
Corpie1 > wheres the WH system today?
Corpie2> it’s in RandomLowSecSystem
Corpie1 > kthxbye
That’s right, it’s a POS in w-space connected to low-sec and they just gave me the entry system. A few things about POSs:
1) Very few people know how to set them up correctly
2) WH POSs are notorious for getting jacked
3) If you don’t know how to do role based security, you shouldn’t be putting up a POS.
For my continued lucrative actions I’m not going to tell you what NOT to give people access to, but needless to say, this corporation failed.
As I walked away with a Large POS, a few POS mods, misc battleships, battlecruisers, some t2 ships, about 90Km3 of t2/meta4 loot, a few hundred thousand zydrine/megacyte and a few faction goodies, I figured I’d make a pit stop at their corp hangers (Let you fingers do the walking to Corporation>Home>Offices), and behold, even more stuff to steal (a few more mining barges and about 2M m3 of unprocessed ore). Once again, if you do not have a firm understanding of role based security, you should not be running a corp.
Also, as a side note here, if you are going to be stealing from either a low-sec POS or a WH POS w/ openings to low-sec, here’s how you get away with it (most of the time, yes I know a serious gate camp would hose this): Get your main in a falcon with either perfect or near perfect skills, have him run escort for your alt and when someone drops the point on him, jam it w/ your main and off goes your alt to the next gate, while the very unhappy pirate gives you tears. Cloak up your falcon and move along. Most 1-2 man gate camps pretty much crumble under the weight of a douche bag in a falcon.
At this point I figured I would be made, but no one seemed to really care, and when they did, they seemed to blame others instead of me. So I sat around for a while and continued pewing WTs in UE. About a week later I logged onto my infil alt that was stationed in their home mining system and looked into the corp hangers. Now, given their recent trepidation and losses, they had initiated a checks and balance system (Station Containers w/ passwords and logs) for people to put the ore into, and for the processors to take the minerals out, process and put into the minerals Station Container. The issue with this security is this: People are stupid. As I opened the containers one by one I noticed that everything was unlocked. That’s right people, I can steal all this stuff, and someone else has to take the blame…yoink, and I’m 200M richer (I’m really starting to love these guys).
Another couple of days go by, and to my surprise, they have another low-sec POS setup and once again, they tell me where it is in corp chat. At this point, someone must have informed the CEO about some of the finer points of role based security, as I can no longer disassemble a POS (bummer), so I enlist the help of Paul and a few freelance UE pilots to go and help me harass these carebears as they are getting ready to pack up and head back to highsec (I would imagine Paul’s wardec hitting and a few losses to local low-sec pirates enforced this decision). I’ll leave what happened here up to Paul, as it transfers from my scam to his here, but needless to say, I got another Large POS, some more POS mods, the CEOs corpse, and some misc ships.
Infiltration successful, assets pilfered, mission complete. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Saga of Transfixion or How to take infiltration to demoralization in 3 short days by Paul Clavet.