"Veronika Red" was the handle of a 16 years old hacker working under Anatoly Korenchkin, an "urchin", as the media called them.

She was caught breaking into financial records of a UNN official. She was captured and convicted on sedition charges, but the official was so powerful that the moderate offense was turned into a capital crime.

Korenchkin faced a dilemma, as intervention would mean pulling even more favors to important persons, whereas her death would hurt his business and his reputation amongst his inferiors. He decided against the exposure, and the girl was executed by lethal injection.[1]


  1. Frank Levine's short story

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