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    Bank Hacking Guide by TheaN

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    Version 2.00 (2016-05-21):
    - In followup of my main Uplink guide I've modernized this one also. In this
    guide the major differences are just vocabulary and grammar issues, and the 
    flow of the guide. I've added a disclaimer that this is not for banks in real 
    life.
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    1.1   FAQ Info
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    Version:                2.00
    Last update:            2016-05-21.
    Game version:		    1.6 (last release).
    
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    1.2   Introduction
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    This is a FAQ of Qoko, known as TheaN on Gamefaqs messageboards.
    My real name is Arno Middelkoop and I'm from the Netherlands. View the
    credits section on how to contact me for additional info, questions or
    corrections, but refrain from flaming or insulting, because it will not do
    anything good. That was my introduction, on to the subject of this FAQ:
    
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    1.3   Subject introduction
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    In Uplink it is possible to transfer credits from other people in the community
    to yourself. However, this is the action in Uplink that comes with the greatest
    risk to the availability of your user. Blink, and you could already be facing
    a game over. This guide presents the best preparation for a bank hack, how to
    get account numbers and what you should actually do during a hack.
    
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    1.4   Version 2 overhaul
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    In followup of my main Uplink guide I thought it would do justice to one of
    my earlier works to be redone as well. Though for this indepth guide not much
    changed in terms of content: the core of the information presented is still 
    true. 
    
    The wording and flow changed significantly in correspondence with corrected 
    spelling and grammar. One important addition is the disclaimer that this is 
    not for banks in real life; yes, that is actually quite an issue.
     
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    1.5   Copyright
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    This FAQ is created by me: Arno Middelkoop, aka TheaN, nowadays Qoko. 
    
    PERSONAL USE
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    Feel free to modify for PERSONAL USE ONLY. This includes, and is pretty much
    limited to, saving only sections you need onto your computer, copying/pasting
    sections to print out for personal use. Once you are distributing it to sites,
    magazines or selling it for profit, even without claiming it's your work, you
    are breaking my copyright.
    
    SITES ONLINE
    ============
    You cannot copy this FAQ/Guide to your site without my permission:
    - do without permission, and you're plagiarizing.
    - do with permission, but change a digit, and you're plagiarizing.
    Email me to grant permission on your site. Although I'll keep an eye out for
    plagiarizing or changing the format. In most cases, I'll reject the offer,
    unless I have proof of a good format.
    
    Linking to any of the allowed three however, is allowed. GameFAQs and Neoseeker
    both have connections to other sites, and it would be unfair to not grant them
    that connection. I am not aware of any connections to supercheats, but if it's
    a connection, once again, don't mail me.
    
    Until now, these sites have permission to post:
    www.gamefaqs.com        (main host)
    www.neoseeker.com       (second host)
    www.supercheats.com     (third host)
    
    ILLEGAL POSTING
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    These sites got their permission revoked:
    www.dlh.net             (and connections)       
    www.cheatbook.de        (and connections)
    
    Email me if this FAQ is on one of the revoked sites or another one, but don't
    false-positive any direct links.
    
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    1.6   Disclaimer: this is NOT for banks in real life!
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    Yes, this is really a thing. I still get emails, about once a month, of people
    asking whether I want to work with them or give them assistance in trying to
    hack a bank in real life. Once, and no more:
    
    1) This is NOT a guide for any real life hacks. It is a game.
    2) Attempting to hack into a real life bank is a serious crime.
    
    The reason I've never contacted authorities is that I just don't want to get 
    involved in any way. But lets face it: if you're contacting a game guide writer
    for criminal assistance, it's not really smart what you're doing. I might not 
    actively engage in any activity, authorities should be able to read my emails 
    if they'd wanted to, and you can get yourself in serious trouble. Also, perhaps
    an important point: I have no experience whatsoever with hacking in real life.
    
    Story short: for your own good, please stop contacting me for real life hacks.
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    2.0   Table of Contents
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    FAQ Info                                                1.1
    Introduction                                            1.2
    Subject Introduction                                    1.3
    Version 2 overhaul                                      1.4
    Copyright                                               1.5
    Disclaimer: this is NOT for banks in real life!         1.6
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    Requirements                                            3.0
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    Minimum                                                 3.1
    Recommended                                             3.2
    Security                                                3.3
    Optional                                                3.4
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    Preparation                                             4.0
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    Create bank accounts                                    4.1
    Obtaining account numbers                               4.2
    Save a bounced connection                               4.3
    Security & user backup                                  4.4
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    Transfer                                                5.0
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    Statement priority                                      5.1
    Transfer & cover up                                     5.2
    Result                                                  5.3
    Complete bank drain                                     5.4
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    3.0   Requirements
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    This sections presents the minimal and recommended list for an illegimate 
    credit transfer, as well as security and optional software. Important
    to note here that the minimum and recommended lists are standalone, the 
    security and optional software are additions. I'd honestly suggest to not 
    attempt this before you have the recommended requirements.
    
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    3.1   Minimum
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    For only $18000 you can actually attempt a transfer, yet, it's quite stressful.
    The idea is that you attempt this when you do not yet have access to a 
    HUD_ConnectionAnalysis and bypassers. The consequences are that you will have 
    an active trace which is very fast and you need an account on the sender's 
    bank: you don't have time to disable the proxy on Uplink's Bank.
     
    Name                        Credits
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    Password_Breaker            $ 1500
    Log_Deleter v4              $ 4000
    Proxy_Disable v5            $10000
    Trace_Tracker v4            $ 2500
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    Total                       $18000
    
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    For $52500 more your job becomes much easier. The addition of bypassers 
    completely voids the active trace and allows you to cancel the proxy with the 
    click of a button. Because you are bypassing the proxy you don't need
    the Proxy_Disable and because you are bypassing the monitor you don't need the
    Trace_Tracker.
    
    Name                        Credits
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    Password_Breaker            $ 1500
    Log_Deleter v4              $ 4000
    HUD_ConnectionAnalysis      $20000
    Proxy_Bypass v5             $20000
    Monitor_Bypass v5           $25000
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    Total                       $70500
    
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    3.3   Security
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    These are the two security systems offered in the Hardware section. Nuking your
    Gateway or restoring a backup are the only two ways how you can avoid losing a 
    user indefinitely. Using a nuke is the honest way, hence the suggestion to get 
    these as well.
    
    Name                        Money
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    Motion_Sensor               $10000
    Gateway_Nuke                $20000
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    Total                       $30000
    
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    3.4   Optional
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    You need these if you're planning to hack the bank's admin to obtain accounts, 
    instead of using the bank related missions. For convenience I've added the v2
    of the Voice_Analyser; v2 is useful for missions to come, you might as well 
    spend the additional 5000 to get it right away.
    
    Name                        Money
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    Decypher v3                 $ 8000
    Voice_Analyser v2           $10000  
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    Total                       $18000
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    4.0   Preparation
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    This section explains the preparation you need to do, besides the requirements 
    presented above, before you can transfer credits to yourself. This includes
    creating own accounts, obtaining account numbers, making a connection and 
    backing up your user.
    
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    4.1   Create your own bank accounts
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    It's a big convenience to have accounts on the banks you'll be transferring
    credits from. The point is simple: this allows you to transfer the money to 
    the same bank, and this in turn allows you to delete statements with just one 
    proxy workaround, be it disabled or bypassed. 
    
    To create bank accounts, simply directly connect to all seven non-Uplink 
    banks, press 'Create account' and enter any credentials you see fit, it does 
    not have to be your username. The accounts will appear in your financial screen
    including the account number and bank's IP.
    
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    4.2   Obtaining account numbers
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    The two methods of obtaining bank accounts are accepting random bank related 
    missions and hacking a bank's admin section. Each have their pros.
    
    Bank related missions
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    1) No initial hacking involved, numbers are given in mission descriptions.
    2) 'Balance transfer' missions point to an account with $200000+ credits.
    
    Bank's admin section
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    1) Exhaustive list of all accounts on a bank.
    2) Includes passwords.
    
    Measuring the two is relatively simple: if you're looking mainly at getting a
    lot of credits through these hacks, using the first method with a 'Trace a 
    recent balance transfer' mission is best. If it's more for the sport and to
    exhaust all banks and all accounts, use the second.
    
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    This is something you've probably already done for doing missions. However, the
    reason this part is added is to describe another usefulness for banks with
    accounts on them. After creating accounts as described in the first subsection,
    you'll notice banks have dotted borders: this is because they have active user
    credentials. Active credentials greatly increase active trace time and are 
    recommended for bouncing. 
    
    The sole connection I use in a game is InterNIC > Uplink Internal Service 
    System > Banks with accounts > Government systems. As this guide focuses on 
    banks, you can leave the latter. In order to connect to a bank you want to 
    hack, you can just click the bank in question twice: the first will unbounce 
    the system, the second will make it the final bounce. These systems are enough 
    for a sufficient bounce. You can highlight banks on the map for convenience.
    
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    Even the most experienced players can have a hiccup when doing a credit 
    transfer: because the error margin is so low, misclicking statements, account
    credentials, tabs in the account and misplacing the Log_Deleter are all causes
    that can actually make you fail the time limit. 
    
    In order to not be disavowed if it happens, get the Gateway security and keep
    the Motion Sensor running as you're attempting hacks. To avoid mishaps with 
    that, just backup your user for safety. Go to the Uplink directory/users and 
    copy 'user'.usr and 'user'.tmp to somewhere else. If you fail, you can just 
    copy them back and try again.
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    5.0   Transfer
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    Now for the actual transfer. I'll briefly describe why this is such a risky 
    action in Uplink, what to do for the actual transfer and how to quickly cover
    up your tracks, and how the priorities allows you to drain a complete bank in
    one connection.
    
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    5.1   Statement priority
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    As I've mentioned multiple times before, you have only a few seconds after the 
    transfer. The factor that is so lethal are the transfer statements: because you
    are illegally transferring credits to your account, both the sending and 
    receiving statement are incriminating. 
    
    The log, in contrary, should also be deleted but is not the priority. The point
    with regard to the log is that the hacker that sends credits is not per se the 
    receiver of the money, and this has a low priority for the company you hacked 
    the bank of. 'Make a donation' missions are a good example of this, as you are 
    not required to delete the statements when you do these missions.
    
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    I'll present the actual transfer and the cover up in a list. Follow it one by
    one to perform a succesful hack.
    
    1)  Connect to the bank you want to hack using your saved connection.
    2)  Bypass the monitor and proxy.
    3)  Access the account you want to transfer from.
    4)  Check the available balance to transfer at the 'Account info'.
    5)  Go to 'Transfer money' and fill in all the required info and the balance.
    6)  Remember to send to your account on the bank you're transferring from.
    7)  Open the Log_Deleter and maximize its CPU speed.
    
    This marks the point where you're still in the clear: if you do the next step,
    the short statement trace will start.
    
    8)  Press 'Transfer'.
    9)  Go back to the account's main page and go to 'Statements'.
    10) Delete the uppermost statement.
    11) Exit the acccount.
    12) Access your own account.
    13) Go to 'Statements'.
    14) Delete the uppermost (usually single) statement.
    
    This marks the point when you should have made a succesful transfer. The log
    deletion that follows should be done, but is only a risk if you fastforward.
    
    15) Disconnect.
    16) Connect to InterNIC and delete the logs as you normally would.
    
    This is the complete list for a single transfer.
    
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    If you have it, get the Motion Sensor running. If you want, you can briefly 
    fastforward to see if you were succesful. If the sensor goes red, you failed. 
    You can either decide to blow up your Gateway and use your stolen credits to
    get your upgrades up and running, or restore your user backup.
    
    If you are succesful you don't get anything specific per se. It is an action 
    that gives you a lot of ranking points, however. If you're not yet in the top 
    five ranks you will most likely raise at least one rank, so you can expect a
    mail from Uplink. The credits actually appear on the bank account and it is
    spendable.
    
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    There is an interesting opportunity if you consider that the connection log is
    not the biggest risk in a credit transfer: you do not have to disconnect from
    the bank and delete the log straight away.
    
    In fact, you can stay connected, and if you have all account credentials you
    can just continue transferring to your account on that bank until you have
    completely drained all accounts. Seven connections later you have drained all 
    banks.
    
    If you do intend to steal all the available credits in the game, I'd suggest
    the following to make bank info missions easier in the future:
    
    1) Note down the month in which you perform the hacks.
    2) Clear victim's loans to make all loans 0.
    3) Deplete the remaining balance to make all balances 0 or a factor of -300.
    
    The factor -300 comes from the monthly Uplink fees, if the account belongs to
    an Uplink agent. If you get a balance mission and 0 is not correct, decrease it
    by 300 for each month that has passed. A loan should always be 0. 
    
    The reason that this works is that all regular transfers are made before your 
    user was created. The only mission that can generate new credits is a 'Trace a 
    recent balance transfer', after which it's simple to drain the newly generated 
    credits.
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    Some of these FAQs were asked in emails, others are common questions on message
    boards, and a few I've added out of my own accord.
    
    Q: Is this an intended mechanic?
    A: Yes. The fact that it works, that the risks are high, and that there is a 
       seperate news item that states that "credits were illegally transferred"
       proves that Introversion intended this to work.
       
    Q: Can this be considered cheating or exploiting?
    A: No, as it's an intended mechanic. Whether it's fair, see the next question.
       
    Q: How fair is it to use this?
    A: That's a personal opinion. I don't use it to get upgrades that otherwise 
       require a multitude of missions that I'm unable to accept, but I do use it 
       in the endgame to raise in rank and drain all banks.
       
    Q: What can I do with the credits?
    A: As I previously mentioned, I prefer not to use it for upgrades that I 
       otherwise would not yet be able to obtain. If you use this example, the
       credits themselves are only relevant for your score.
    
    Q: I'm getting caught every time. What's going wrong?
    A: Probably a matter of speed or you're not prioritizing correctly. Short 
       recap: bypass monitor/proxy, access account, transfer money, delete sender 
       statement and delete receiving statement. For the last two steps you have 
       ten seconds or so.
    
    Q: Why should I use InterNIC? I always use the Uplink Test Machine.
    A: No active trace, mainly. I do not see the logic in using a system that has
       an active trace to be used over one that has no traces whatsoever. Also, 
       InterNIC is a system you regularly connect to for links, so you use it 
       anyway. 
       
    Q: My game has no accounts with lots of credits. What shoud I do?
    A: As I don't use it for the credits per se, just hack every bank dry. All 
       accounts combined should give you a decent buck to buy anything you still 
       need.
    
    Q: I've drained all accounts ingame. Will they return with credits on it?
    A: Uplink fees will be deducted from a balance that doesn't exist, and 'Trace 
       a recent balance transfer' missions can generate new credits, but that's it 
       for as far as I'm aware.
    
    Q: Can I use Proxy_Disable instead of bypassers?
    A: Yes. In this case you should start the disabler before you access the 
       account and have a Trace_Tracker running. Once the trace starts, access the
       account and follow the transfer list from point three onward. It does not 
       enable you to drain all accounts though, due to the active trace.
    
    Q: After a fail, how do I restore a save?
    A: Copy the two files back to the user directory and overwrite.
    
    Q: Do you fail this?
    A: Actually, rarely nowadays. I've done it so many times in the endgame that
       I'm used to the swift statement deletion. I do sometimes forget the log.
       Looks somewhat ridiculous to get the disavow screen two ingame days later
       due to such an unnecessary oversight.
       
    Q: What is harder, this or 'GrandTour'?
    A: In terms of consistency, overall speed and fail margin, GrandTour. A 
       transfer is one very risky hack and can just go wrong if you're sloppy. 
       GrandTour is fifteen minutes rapid hacking, copying and deleting files and
       using consoles. The reason that I've made this into a seperate guide is that
       this is not an essential game mechanic but still interesting to attempt.
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    7.0   Credits
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    - I thank Introversion for creating the game, and publishing it in Europe.
    - I thank GameFAQs for posting.
    
    If there are any questions, improvements, additional info or info I forgot, 
    get in this list my mailing me at:
    
    arnomiddelkoop_1@hotmail.com
    
    Yours truly,
    Arno "TheaN" Middelkoop
    
    Copyright 2004-2016 Arno Middelkoop

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