The Crash of 2029 had far wider implications than anyone thought it would at the time. The worst most vicious virus the world had ever seen hit. Since the world already stored almsot everything on some kind of network the effects were devestating. Governments couldn’t render basic services, corporations shut down, vast amounts of data were lost. Couple that with the lingering effects of VITAS and you had a recipe for disaster. Thankfully there was a line of defense, a secret team of 32 of the best codeslingers, hackers and virtual specialists, known as echo mirage, were ordered to combat the effects of the virus by the President of the United States. Four of them were dead after being plugged in for 18 minutes. The virus was able to create bio-feedback and damage the physical bodies of the people who entered into VR. Studying that little trick is how we now have Black IC’s. Perhaps more disconcerting though was the ease at which echo mirage members slipped in and out of supposedly impregnible systems. Since corporations and governments could view the logs of the real time, these techniques, new security measures, and even new hardware was developed based of of this encounter. By 2031 echo mirage was able to whipe out the last vestiges of the virus and quickly faded back into obscurity.