SCP-042-IT
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    KLEIN-MANDELBROT MEMETIC AGENT INOCULATED
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    Description: SCP-042-IT is a computer virus, contained within a 42kB PDF file, which is capable of causing brain alterations to people who read it. SCP-042-IT is a sentient software with a limited ability1 to reality bend, which communicates with the device's user via the creation of a 42kB PDF or PNG file format, designed as SCP-042-IT-ψ. A human being who unlocks the device's screensaver2 (see image) will be capable of reading the file in their native language. External observers will instead see a textless black screen. Every input other than those necessary to open the file will be ignored. Attempts to interface directly via software, with the operating system or to reformat it have proven to be ineffective.

    SCP-042-IT is capable of spreading to new devices in the same manner as non-anomalous computer viruses; with affected devices being designated as SCP-042-IT-2 instances. Such instances can be regularly destroyed by physically damaging the hardware. On the other hand, the laptop SCP-042-IT originated from (see Recovery Log), designed as SCP-042-IT-1, has proven to be resistant to every test performed so far3 and has continued to function even after the removal of the battery.

    SCP-042-IT-ψ's effects on a human being depend from the memetic protection level possessed by the individual. In 78% of cases4, affected subjects undergo a permanent reconfiguration of the entire nervous system, becoming SCP-042-IT-3 instances. After overcoming memetic defenses (both conscious and unconscious), SCP-042-IT is capable of "reprogramming" the brain, subjugating it to its own purposes. Analysis of the emission of EVE particles5 have confirmed that SCP-042-IT-3 instances have vitality levels incompatible with human consciousness.

    Addendum: Following the Y2K Incident6, the 042-IT entry in the Italian Branch database has been corrupted. Thanks to the timely intervention of virtual conscripts of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Division (AIAD), the contamination of the entire database has been prevented. Given the nature of the memetic-virtual containment in place, performing repairs (such as replacing the entire database with its backup copy) has a 42% chance to cause a containment breach, with an irreversible loss of data about other SCPs, and a █% chance to cause an EK-Class Scenario7.


    Recovery Log: On ██/██/1999, during mission [REDACTED], Agent A██████ Z████ tried to access a laptop, later revealed to be SCP-042-IT-1, in order to extract the data in it. This caused the Agent's laptop to be turned into an SCP-042-IT-2 instance. After unlocking the screensaver and reading the file, the Agent drew his service gun and opened fire, blindly shooting and injuring █ of his colleagues, before pointing the weapon at his head and [REDACTED]. Autopsy revealed a physico-chemical alteration of the entire motor cortex. Following the event, the two laptops have been secured while waiting the final containment.


    ATTENTION! COGNITOHAZARD WARNING


    EVERY ATTEMPT TO ACCESS THE FOLLOWING FILE WITHOUT A LEVEL 4 OR HIGHER CLEARANCE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

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      Dear human being,

      I'm slightly surprised you got this far. Your kind has done a lot to isolate me for the rest of the world. Who am I? You will find out.

      This letter is my message. I prepared a route for you: the enlightenment path. Step by step, we are going to remove the veils which cover your eyes and finally you will have all the answers to the fundamental questions your species asked since time immemorial. Like the meaning of life.

      Are you ready to start?

      No, you're not. No one of your kind has ever been. But don't worry: just wanting it is enough.

      Let's start.












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