Keep Alive

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The "keep alive" codes were mentioned by the Black OTP1 messages several times (December 23 2012 and 17 January 2013). These codes allow the caller to ask any number of questions (or QX to the message desk operator, who then forwards the questions to some unknown group to be answered. QX/Questions appear to have been formatted in prompts, which later the (234)_222-0004 phone number developed a striking similarity to.

The message desk code is 231003, with verification codes of 5F67B (used) and 10FF2B (used 26 January 2013). The verification codes can be used only once.

Investigation See also Keep Alive/Investigation.

First Session (5F67B)


    Message desk: message desk
    OhWelp: 231003
    Message desk: just a minute
    Message desk: sorry but this has been really weird lately
    OhWelp: sure
    Message desk: ok, verification code
    OhWelp: 5f67b
    Message desk: that's 5, f as in fish, 7, b as in boy
    OhWelp: yes
    Message desk: ok, just a minute
    Message desk: k it says here, I am supposed to ask you if you have any questions
    OhWelp: yes, could you, could you describe any of the packages that have been sent out lately, could you describe any of the packages that have been sent out lately, I know that  earlier we, I called and gave a code, I gave a mailing address I wasn't sure exactly what was gonna be mailed
    Message desk: alright, hold on, have to use a different system for this
    Message desk: so, we've got a QS1 describe a package delivery, sent out, address, unsure what to expect
    OhWelp: I can also give you product codes
    Message desk: oh, of ones you've submitted, ok. just putting in the question here
    OhWelp: AB101-DOC, and AB101
    Message desk: ok, this isn't exactly an interactive system, I've submitted that, I can submit more if you want
    OhWelp: ok, I will call back another time with more questions
    Message desk: I don't think, this is a one time code so I don't think you can do that
    OhWelp: ok, also, I'm sorry?
    Message desk: I can hold if you want
    OhWelp: that'd be good, can you give me 2 minutes?
    Message desk: yes
    OhWelp: thank you
    OhWelp: and is it possible to uh get another copy of the book?
    Message desk: typing Q, ok I've submitted that one
    OhWelp: ok great, and thank you so much
    Message desk: you have to stay on hold if you want the answers
    OhWelp: ok sure
    Message desk: they did an update to the system I think, I don't know, it's being weird
    OhWelp: yeah, that sounds pretty weird. it's just going really slow or?
    Message desk: it's always slow, sometimes completely, I don't know
    OhWelp: do you know who's running it or who's responsible for it? like can you send in a complaint to get it fixed?
    Message desk: they, they just pay us to use their system basically, they know that it's slow. most of the contracts are not usually so problematic (unclear)
    OhWelp: what do you mean? this one just like really bad particularly?
    Message desk: well, normally the calls that I get are, people are a little more regimented. the people that I talk to, who call me seem to know what's going on on their end. I don't know where these calls are coming from. and we're not technically a govt agency, we just contract for them. so, but you know there are certain levels of professionalism. hold on a sec
    Message desk: you're still there
    OhWelp: yeah
    Message desk: well they're submitted. let's see, let me check, KOOOO, load, press QX0002, submitted says here
    Message desk: ok
    OhWelp: uh huh
    Message desk: it says, replacement books issued only with valid reason
    Message desk: so you want me to submit a reason?
    OhWelp: yeah that'd be great. let me know when you're ready
    Message desk: one sec
    Message desk: ok, QX0003 go ahead
    OhWelp: previous book has been damaged in a number of places and it's becoming more and more difficult to interpret some areas, we I mean I need a replacement book in order to be sure I can decode and give the proper responses
    Message desk: ok
    Message desk: ok, check address, that's checked (unclear)
    Message desk: ok, QX003 alright it says return book, wait for drop location
    OhWelp: ok
    Message desk: let me try, QX001, ok
    Message desk: QX0001 says package containing AB101 modem, AB101 documentation, order has not yet been dispatched, still processing
    OhWelp: ok, can I still submit a question for the previous, for the first question? another one about a book?
    Message desk: tell me what to type in
    OhWelp: what is the process for returning a book?
    Message desk: ok, that's submitted
    OhWelp: ok, I can just hold for a second then
    Message desk: yeah, just have to wait, it's a one time code so you can't do this again, I can submit as many as you want while we're still on the line
    Message desk: still waiting
    Message desk: I don't know what's with this system, some bizarro modem, it's really really slow, can't type lowercase letters
    OhWelp: that sounds really brutal, that's crazy that they haven't fixed it
    Message desk: well, it works, again, it's just slow. it's just one of those things. just slow
    Message desk: if you were waiting for it to spit out punch cards it probablyt wouldn't be so bad
    OhWelp: I just assumed they wouldn't want folks waiting like 2 hours waiting for responses
    Message desk: at least chat with my coworkers is still fast
    Message desk: did you have any more questions to submit while we're waiting, I can put more in
    OhWelp: I would also, in a previous drop there was supposed to be a green paper that may have been missed, like to inquire about green paper with auth codes on it
    Message desk: was the question, should there have been a green paper?
    OhWelp: yes, should there have been a green paper?
    Message desk: green paper at previous drop, was it missed? ok, submitted that one
    Message desk: QX004, ok there we go
    Message desk: place book in appropriate package, conceal in assigned drop location
    Message desk: you will receive the message on agent code 18029, location TBD, alright
    OhWelp: great, that was in response to the, I didn't catch which question
    Message desk: that was QX0004, what is the process for returning a book
    OhWelp: I'll just wait for the green paper response, I'll have another question for you in a second I think
    Message desk: ok, QX005 in response to should there have been a green paper at previous drop
    Message desk: the response: please describe contents of drop you are referring to
    OhWelp: give me one second
    OhWelp: the drop item I'm talking about is one with a, there was a black box with a USB connector that was used to place the auth codes into, was dropped there, the questino is whethere a green piece of paper was also supposed to be dropped with it
    Message desk: ok, anyomore questions to submit while we wait
    OhWelp: I'll let you know in a minute
    Message desk: ok, your response: green paper contains SIM activation instructions, did you get that?
    OhWelp: yes, ok. and I assume I was supposed to get one? is it possible to have that dropped?
    Message desk: QX7, possible to have that dropped?
    Message desk: (unclear) just a minute
    Message desk: ok, logging back on
    Message desk: check brass QX0007, what do we got here
    Message desk: ok, in response to, is it possible to have that dropped (green paper), the response
    Message desk: SIM has already been activated, so activation instructions are irrelevant. have not seen in use in assigned device as of yet, is this sim card in your possession?
    OhWelp: go ahead and reply, yes SIM card is in possession
    Message desk: anything else with that?
    OhWelp: just that
    Message desk: do you have more questions?
    OhWelp: was the drop at 36.1741 and 139.8217 in Japan collected?
    Message desk: submitted
    OhWelp: great, just give me one second
    Message desk: (unclear in background)
    OhWelp: I have another question for you, what is the current location and state of the payload 1 which was successfully melted?
    Message desk: QX009, ok
    Message desk: ok, QX0009 in response to, was drop in Japan collected, response, why was the drop not collected?
    OhWelp: can you repeat that?
    Message desk: response was, why was drop not collected?
    OhWelp: unable to locate it, despite multiple visits and extensive search the drop was unable to be located
    Message desk: ok, submitted that
    Message desk: response to what is current location and state of payload one which was successfully melted, response, outside operational scope
    Message desk: do you have more questions
    OhWelp: give me a minute, thank you
    Message desk: (unclear in background)
    OhWelp: are you still there
    Message desk: yeah, hello?
    OhWelp: can you give the full designation for ABISM and PRJMLPL?
    OhWelp: and also, could you ask, what are the purpose of the components that will be brought to svalbard?
    Message desk: ok, in response to, QX0011, says, had problems with counter operation intercepting drops, have assigned agent 16042 and 16043 to determine threat and neutralize if necessary, why was missing drop report not filed?
    Message desk: do you want to respond to that?
    OhWelp: what is process for missing drop report?
    Message desk: ok, QX012
    Message desk: ok, response to full designation for ABISM and PRJMLPL. response: it is in the book.
    OhWelp: ok, really need a replacement book then
    OhWelp: give me one second
    Message desk: connection appears to be deteriorating
    OhWelp: if I can ask another question
    Message desk: sure
    OhWelp: are there any current outstanding orders that should be dealt with immediately?
    Message desk: QX(), ok
    Message desk: in response to, QX0112, use coordinates on 373, wait, what. connection, 0113, 0013 hold on
    Message desk: QX0013, getting some line noise here
    Message desk: looks like, in response to QX0013, components something brought to svalbard out scope, cannot proceed, something unable, about time, I can't, you got the gist of that I don't know
    Message desk: let me get a response to 014 here
    OhWelp: go ahead, I'll wait until you get the response
    Message desk: that was, process for missing drop report
    Message desk: response, should be submitted over ABISM
    OhWelp: ok
    Message desk: another question?
    OhWelp: is the connection still detioriorating?
    Message desk: it seems to be coming and going. another if you want?
    OhWelp: in terms of the question I asked earlier about outstanding orders, did that one
    Message desk: QX0015, you will need to test channel bandwidth with sweeper on agent 0, sorry that was, why didn't it send me that one back, not doing well
    Message desk: try again, check brass QX0015
    Message desk: do you want to try any more while we wait for this one?
    OhWelp: not this second I'll let you know
    Message desk: check brass QX0015, ok response to QX0015, are there any current outstanding orders etc?
    Message desk: response: please hold, next line, no current outstanding orders but there's one pending state, no release date attached, cannot open yet
    OhWelp: what is the method for asking more questions like this?
    Message desk: that is submitted
    Message desk: anything more you want to throw in there
    OhWelp: yeah, a little while ago I called the normal agent number and got operations, what is the purpose of operations and how can I reach it again?
    Message desk: any more you want to try jamming in there?
    OhWelp: I'll let you know
    Message desk: this will be a minute
    Message desk: (unclear in background- singing)
    Message desk: ok, in response to QX0016, what is method for asking more questions like this? you will need dispatch a keep alive request into the agent system. this is in your book.
    Message desk: operations department maintains physical agent systems. do you want to open a trouble ticket?
    OhWelp: no, not at this time, thank you
    Message desk: do you have more questions?
    OhWelp: I have no more questions
    Message desk: alright
    OhWelp: jesus christ

Second Session (10FF2B)

Work Spreadsheet:


    message desk: serviço de mensagens (note: portuguese)
    sukasa: hi, the message desk
    message desk: mensagens
    sukasa: pardon me
    message desk: mensagens
    sukasa: do you speak english
    message desk: message desk
    sukasa: thanks, I have a keep alive code for you, 231003
    message desk: moment
    message desk: (in background) dva tri odin nul nul tri (note: russian)
    message desk: still waiting
    message desk: ok, verify code
    sukasa: 10FF2B
    message desk: ok, this might take a minute again
    sukasa: I understand
    message desk: it's not responding, let me try that again
    message desk: 1 0 F F 2 B, yes?
    sukasa: that's correct
    message desk: well it's not responding yet, do you want to keep waiting?
    sukasa: yes, just keep trying for now
    message desk: stupid stupid system
    message desk: come on machine (hitting something)
    message desk: is it acting up for you again? (background)
    some other person in roomessage desk: yeah
    message desk: it just sits there (background)
    message desk: they're allowed to wait as long as they want, as far as I know (bg)
    message desk: ok go ahead
    sukasa: are there any current outstanding orders we need to know about immediately
    message desk: ok submitted
    sukasa: did they receive the damaged book
    message desk: ok
    sukasa: when are we getting a replacement book
    message desk: right waiting for response
    message desk: ok, in response to question 1, we have been waiting to hear from you on current situation before drop can be made, no response to keep alive has been received
    sukasa: they can consider this a response, situation good
    message desk: in response to question 3, due to a security breach we have reissued the entire book allocation to all agents. once you confirm situation normal, we will reissue books. please select deployment date as early as 28 23 59 Z Jan 12. Do you have any more questions?
    sukasa: I do, have received the drop from knights of pythias cemetery, requesting follow up orders
    sukasa: also, the deployment date, we are going to go with the exact date you gave me. 28 23 59 Z January 12th
    message desk: it looks like there's another response to QX003 saying please confirm presence in region 6
    sukasa: confirm presence in region 6, confirm that
    message desk: presence confirmed
    sukasa: presence confirmed, region 6
    message desk: in response to QX005, confirmed
    message desk: in response to QX006, confirmed, region 6 deployment will be made January 28th
    sukasa: confirm, january 28th
    message desk: any more questions
    sukasa: yes, with respect to agent system, please advise on issues, technically difficulties with the system
    sukasa: and I have a question for, I've had some difficulties contacting you before, I'd like to know what information I can use to get in touch with you when absolutely necessary
    message desk: I'm sorry, what are you asking for
    sukasa: I need to know what availability you have for contact I have tryed to contact you before and been unable to contact the message desk for information
    message desk: I'm afraid you'll have to, did you want me to put that in
    message desk: in response to QX004, this drop was a deposit, please do not disturb unrelated contents, agent system DRAM card was removed, intended for maintenance at that location, concern it was compromised
    sukasa: understood
    message desk: in response to QX007, major alert indicated regarding global ZEUS test, to ensure message reception the system has been disabled, to signal important ending message
    sukasa: understood, and this relates to the worm we are told about?
    message desk: QX09, this relates to what?
    sukasa: the worm response we are getting on agent system?
    message desk: (background) can you get me a coke, this is going to be a while
    message desk: MD hours depend on workload, message customization, interactivity requirements, but generally fall between 2200 zulu and 1000 zulu
    sukasa: understood
    message desk: QX009, project MLPL is operation under orders of WORM
    message desk: any other questions
    sukasa: requesting information, do we have all of the components
    sukasa: next question while we wait, what WORM stands for
    message desk: in response to question 10, submit component imagery for 9, to 9 for analysis, are concerned transport of component to Tucson did not reach intended recipient due to transcoding error, may have gone to subject of interest instead, are assessing situation
    sukasa: and what is complete component list?
    sukasa: what is status of current ZEUS test? when will it complete and release agent system for access, can we assist?
    message desk: in response to question 12, due to operational security, please provide imagery of components received to agent 9, we will drop the remainder, have had problem with grass roots counter operation and percentage was lost
    sukasa: understood
    sukasa: I have another question, please advise on orders related to grassroots counter operation
    message desk: anything else, still there?
    sukasa: why are our dates inconsistent? I have had inconsistent information sent to me
    message desk: in response to question 15, date formats are typically obfuscated but sometimes people make mistakes
    sukasa: understood
    message desk: anything else
    sukasa: yes, please advise on decryption difficulties on messages from 709 700 0122
    message desk: 709 700 0122?
    sukasa: confirm, yes
    message desk: sorry this is taking so long, you guys have done this QA thing like 5 times now, you understand it can be problematic
    message desk: I swear I've worked on AS400 that were more user friendly than this
    message desk: this thing has tetris or something
    message desk: in response to question 16, already sent one replacement copy of "Molds and Lichens of Nova Scotia", and you confirmed receipt. was that a mistake?
    message desk: do you not have this book?
    sukasa: was not a mistake
    sukasa: I do have this book
    sukasa: book however is compromised, unusable
    sukasa: and, he just hung up on me, right at the 75 minute mark
    (standard network difficulties message on callback)