Incognito is a collective of so-called 'hacktivists' operating internationally. Regarded by some as cyber-vigilantes and terrorists, and by others as agents of true justice and liberty, the group's acts are as varied as their motives for engaging in them. While they have engaged in cyber warfare against known terrorist organizations like VIPER, Incognito has also disrupted the websites of various state, federal, and international law enforcement entities.
The beginning of Incognito is a foggy affair. A chat room based in the MC Atlas web forum, a Millennium City online discussion, is believed to have been the origin, or at least the catalyst. Citizens - often college-age and well-educated - would frequently post to this forum perceived abuses to property, people, or society at large by super heroes. In answer, a small collective of hackers banded together under the premise that their mastery of computer systems & programming would let them accomplish as much or more as heroes. They could hide behind the 'mask' of internet anonymity, without the rampant property damage or power concerns posed by costumed crime fighters.
One early stated goal of the group was to expose secret identities of meta-humans they deemed the worst offenders where the scale of property damage to crime fighting outcomes was in poor balance.
Over 300 usernames of Incognito members have been identified, with approximately twenty subgroups. It should be noted that the exact number of members is obscured by the practice of having multiple aliases; some estimates suggest that Incognito is as few as forty people, and as many as a thousand.
|Sergei Balandin||5mASHrox||Moscow, Russia||Incarcerated||Exposed Russian gov't ties to VIPER; not expected to survive prison|
|Maisy Callaway||DivX0||Vibora Bay, FL||Active||Charges dropped due to lack of evidence|
|Craig Cruddup||Ace High||Stamford, CT||Active||Civil rights lawyer, vocal proponent|
|Jimmy Duggan||Canucklehead||Vancouver, Canada||Awaiting trial||Owner of Incognito's website; indicted for espionage & theft of gov't property|
|Tom Harriott||Full Mag||London, UK||Unknown||Went into hiding after publishing a tell-all about Jimmy Duggan.|
|Amy Pushkar||Total Zen||Millennium City, MI||On trial||One of the "Millennium City Three"|
|Luiz Ramos||d0nn0||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Active|
|Walter Stern||5ilvrfi5h||Boise, Idaho, USA||Incarcerated|
|Paul Vermeer||G0D_AWFL||Millennium City, MI||Deceased||Formerly of the MCPD's IT section; turned in by the Adventurers.|
|Patrick Dean Wallace||L3G3ND||Millennium City, MI||On trial||One of the "Millennium City Three"|
|Omar Zeda||BIGz||Millennium City, MI||On trial||One of the "Millennium City Three"|
|Alyssa Madison||Cyber-Slash||Millennium City, MI||Unknown||Fugitive; revered by Incognito for coming closer than anyone to accessing UNTIL's meta-human database|
Millennium City Three
In 2013 a protest organized by Incognito at the steps of the Champions building in Millennium City was broken up by police. The mask-wearing protesters dispersed, but several were detained, identified, and charged. These were Patrick Dean Wallace, Amy Pushkar, and Omar Zeda. The charges against them included various misdemeanors and felonies, which upon a guilty verdict could, in total, lead to a prison sentence of up to ten years.
MCPD were accused of mishandling the protest response, provoking the otherwise peaceful protesters to violence through a combination of intimidation, goading, and unnecessary force - claims with the MCPD disputes. Federal officials obtained warrants to seize computers belonging to the accused citing probable cause that the accused were affiliated with a known terrorist group, which some civil liberties advocates said was a major stretch given the crimes for which the defendants were accused had nothing to do with computers. The District Attorney has been accused of trumping up charges against the Three because of their association with cyber vigilantism, and the quality of the state's evidence, as well as its admissibility in court, is also in question. Some cyber crime experts speculate that information learned from the seizure of the defendants' computers might have shed much-needed light on how Incognito operates, but they are divided on whether the seizure was an over-reach.
Attempts by the defence to have the case dismissed have failed so far.
Incognito has, through its various web accounts, posted declarations that if the case is not thrown out, or the defendants are found guilty, that there will be a price for the MCPD to pay. State and Federal officials have denounced the threats and attempted to assure the public the justice will take its course.
As of spring 2016 are two streams of leadership in Incognito.
|Alignment||Chaotic Evil; Chaotic Neutral; Lawful Evil|
|Jimmy Duggan is often incorrectly thought of as the 'founder' of Incognito. The origins of the group are far more murky, but Duggan's greatest contribution to Incognito in its early days was that a key principle should be the exposing of meta-human secret identities, especially where 'heroes' had caused excessive property damage in the pursuit of criminals. Duggan's dismissive attitude toward governments, law enforcement, and the press was infectious for those who aligned with him. Duggan is notable for having an incredible ego, and will not stand for any rival swaying the hearts and minds of Incognito except himself. Arrested, tried, and sent to prison in Canada on counts of conspiracy, Duggan is recently escaped from custody and at large.|
|Alignment||Chaotic Good; Lawful Neutral|
|Sergei Balandin's followers subscribe to the idea that Incognito is a check and balance against superhuman abuses of weak or ordinary humans. They generally trust law enforcement to do the right thing, and their mission is to supply law enforcement of credible evidence of wrong-doing. Balandin made a name for himself by exposing the Russian government's heavy-handed employment of meta-humans against protesters. When he was arrested and sentenced to a life in one of Siberia's harshest prisons, Balandin's movement within Incognito began. Upon Balandin's escape from prison and asylum to the United States in 2016, his personal story inspired many of Incognito's participants to align with him.|
Out of Character
Incognito's modus operandi is based upon real-world hacker groups, but modified to fit the superhero/comic book reality. If you wish to use Incognito in an RP storyline, please consult with @historiphile, who will graciously advise and, if desired, participate with you!