LNTMG-(141) Shield


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 Xia Ye coaxed him for a long time last night before he heard the sound of Tang Jinyu falling asleep on the phone. He didn’t want to hang up immediately. After listening for a while, he whispered goodnight.

  He can have a good night’s sleep tonight.

  Probably because he heard such sweet words before going to bed, his dreams were very different from usual. The little guy of his family ran around in his dreams, wearing the same pajamas as in the photo, with soft and fluffy hair and a pinch. If he smiles at him, he will also run over and give him a strong hug, and not let go.

  …

  When Xia Ye fell asleep, it was rare for his eyes to darken, thinking about those in his dream, and it took him a long time to relax.

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  He doesn’t know if he can say the secret thing in his heart, but at least not now, he is not ready yet, and the little guy has to grow up a little bit.

  Otherwise, it would be like in a dream, he would feel soft when he cried, and would not be able to bear it.

  Xia Ye got up and went to the bathroom to take a shower, and quickly packed himself up. After all, after yesterday’s level, he finally made some substantial progress. He could feel that Minister Jiang and the others are still in the stage of testing them. Their final paper was about their competition in the previous three days. He handed in a satisfactory answer, and next it’s time to take the next step and start to approach the real task.

  The breakfast served in the building is very rich and full of flavors. When Xia Ye punched in and entered, he suddenly remembered the words his brother had said to him before. It seemed that he was in Harbin at that time. His brother was laying on the hotel bed and chatting with him and asked him. Does the company have a canteen? Does the boss need to line up for food? Xia Ye ordered a portion of fried noodles with his plate, thinking that he could have staff open a restaurant once he came back.

  Han Yichen came soon too. He yawned and walked a few steps and asked for the same. He said to him, “Morning, I am so sleepy. I was so excited last night that I couldn’t sleep at all when I went back. I played with my mobile phone, and watched it all over again all night…”

  Xia Ye said: “Didn’t call home?”

  Han Yichen: “…”

  Han Yichen: “Can I call directly without applying?”

  Xia Ye said: “Yeah, isn’t it just for making a phone call? Or else you can do something for us. Just be careful not to say anything that shouldn’t be said.”

  Han Yichen collapsed, he didn’t expect it at all!

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  But Comrade Xiao Han soon comforted himself again, and shrugged: “Forget it, it’s midnight, my parents are also asleep, and the stars is probably also getting some beauty sleep, you don’t know, little girl loves beauty now. Before I came, didn’t I have to spend a few nights working overtime to do the project? She asked me to put on some anti-aging eye cream and said that my dark circles are too heavy. If I had known how it would be this time, I would’ve brought two bottles, I stayed up so many times here…”

  Xia Ye asked, “Does it work?”

  Han Yichen was stunned, “I’m just joking, I didn’t bring it… No, I never bought it, Lao Xia, are you so exquisite?”

  Xia Ye thought for a while and said, “Fortunately, I’m just a little curious.”

  Han Yichen saw Old Ape coming over, and when he took the opportunity to get close, he leaned in and whispered to him. The two of them were muttering, still secretly watching Xia Ye. Old Ape lowered his voice and winked his eyebrows and said, “I told you a long time ago, right?”

  Han Yichen was puzzled, but also whispered: “He is younger than me, only twenty-five or twenty six years old, why is he so focused on maintenance? He is young now, and not old at all…”

  Old Ape hissed immediately, “Don’t say that word, Xia Ye will be upset if he heard this.”

  Han Yichen nodded carefully, “Well, I will pay attention.”

  Old Ape and Han Yichen took their breakfast and went to sit in their old position and ate with Xia Ye. Not long after they sat down, they heard someone standing there and asking, “Is there anyone sitting here?”

  Xia Ye raised his head and glanced at Qin Ke.

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  There was a long table on their side, and it was not full. Qin Ke had a good temper with them. He stood there and waited patiently. He sat down after hearing that there was no one. There was a slice of toast and a glass of juice on his dinner plate. When he put it down, the ice cubes in the glass collided and made a “crash” sound.

  Qin Ke sat there and said, “I thought for a long time last night, and suddenly remembered who you are.”

  Xia Ye was unmoved.

  Qin Ke did not touch the food on his plate, and looked at him with interest, “So you are x. I grew up listening to your story and admired it for a long time.”

  Old Ape on the opposite side almost spewed out a mouthful of rice, and he didn’t dare to look at Xia Ye after a few coughs. The stubble of eye cream in the morning had not passed, and it was catching up to him again.

  Qin Ke added another sentence, “Do you know where ‘A Little Fish’ is? I have been looking for him for a long time.”

  As soon as this was said, the whole table became quiet.

  Xia Ye looked up at him, “Was it you who checked him?”

  Qin Ke nodded and said innocently: “I just saw the post he was looking for someone on the forum. I thought he was particularly interesting. I want to be friends with him. Senior, can you…”

  Xia Ye twisted his eyebrows and interrupted him: “No.”

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  Qin Ke smiled and said, “I haven’t finished talking yet.”

  Xia Ye said coldly: “There is nothing to say.”

  Qin Ke pushed the dinner plate and leaned back and sat there, raising his eyebrows and said: “No, how old is he? Who is he? You are so strict about making friends? Let me guess. Is it a relative? A friend? It can’t be someone in your company. I checked it. He should be still studying. As for the approximate location of the school, it should be…” Qin Ke whispered an approximate location, which he had checked before. The frequent activity range of the little koi coming out.

  When these words came out, the faces of Old Ape and Han Yichen sitting opposite were not very good-looking, Old Ape looked solemn, and Han Yichen was fully guarded.

  Qin Ke glanced at them, then smiled suddenly: “I guessed it right?”

  Han Yichen scolded: “Are you sick? Don’t you know it’s illegal to check people’s privacy?”

  Qin Ke immediately said: “I don’t mean that, I just want to make friends simply, and his skills are pretty good, and his defenses are pretty good…”

  Xia Ye slapped his chopsticks on the table and got up to pull his collar. The glass of ice juice in Qin Ke’s hand was shaken and spilled onto the table. It flowed down his hand and got on his clothes. Qin Ke stopped talking and looked up at Xia Ye, Xia Ye also looked directly at him, neither of them gave way to each other.

  Among the people who came to dine was someone next to Minister Jiang. He immediately came over and asked, “What’s the matter? If you have something to say, speak slowly.”

  Xia Ye stared at him for a while, then let go and said, “Don’t move him.”

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The mediator didn’t understand what he meant, but Xia Ye’s face was so dark that he didn’t dare to ask. He could only look at Qin Ke and ask a few questions in a low voice.

  Qin Ke was almost beaten just now, but also restrained a few points, raised his hand and said, “I didn’t mean it. I just want to have a good relationship with Captain Xia and learn from him. There are still more people who need to ask him for advice in the future.”

  Xia Ye gave him a cold look, got up and left.

  Old Ape and Han Yichen at the back also looked wary, especially Han Yichen. When passing by, he didn’t calm down and deliberately hit Qin Ke with his shoulder. The two people were similar in height, and Qin Ke was knocked away a bit. After they left, he rubbed his shoulders without feeling angry, and followed with a smile.

  In the morning, in the meeting room.

  After three days of internal coordination, the team that Xia Ye belonged to finally won, and the captain of the team was taken over by Xia Ye of course.

  In the end there were more than 30 people left, all of whom were the top hackers in China. Qin Ke followed Xia Ye. Some of Yinglian didn’t dare to deal with him, they were afraid of his technical methods and did not dare to walk in front of him. Qin Ke walked at the end of Xia Ye’s team, and more than two dozen people followed him honestly and walked in one after another, much more disciplined than a few days ago.

  Qin Ke didn’t care about the rankings. He didn’t ask if he could sit side-by-side with them in the front. Instead, he sat on the side of Xia Ye and the others, picking a spot and sitting next to Old Ape.

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  After the Eagle Alliance had discussed with others, the Eagle stepped forward and sat on the other side of Xia Ye. He proactively stretched out his hand and said, “Make a friend?”

  Xia Ye shook hands with him politely, but didn’t mean to talk more.

  The Eagle Alliance looked at them and had already guessed the identity of Qin Ke. His eyes fell on him for a while, and he deliberately asked Xia Ye: “We watched the replay of the offensive and defensive battle yesterday. It was really exciting. I didn’t expect you to have to invade the circuit facilities in front of some people, some people were so arrogant that they refused to turn on the lights a few days ago, Xia Ye, why didn’t you teach them a lesson?

  Xia Ye’s face sank like water, “It’s not illegal to turn off the lights.”

  The Eagle leader was stunned, “What?”

  Xia Ye said: “Why should I take care of things that don’t break the law.”

  The Eagle leader grinned reluctantly, he lost face.

  Qin Ke, who was sitting opposite of them, laughed loudly. He looked at Xia Ye and found it very interesting. After careful consideration, he had never heard of anything other than that which happened more than ten years ago. He has reached the bottom line of Xia Ye, one is that he can’t break the law, and the other is that he can’t get close to the little koi.

  It’s like a giant dragon hiding treasure, and Qin Ke found this more interesting.

  The Eagle leader talked, and after a while, he tentatively said: “Xia Ye, you are now on the same team with Qin Ke? It must be really gratifying to have new members join.”

  How could Old Ape let go of this kind of mouth-to-mouth opportunity, and immediately said enthusiastically: “Everyone is in the same team, what to share with each other, we said so at the beginning, whoever wins will be the boss in the end.”

  The Eagle leader was slightly stiff, but still smiled, “Yes.”

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  Old Ape stretched for a while, felt that it was almost done, and added kindly, “That is to say, during this mission, there are temporarily multiple captains. When the mission is completed, everyone will be friends, ha ha!”

  The Eagle leader breathed a sigh of relief, seeing that his expression was much more relaxed, their alliances were loose, the number of personnel was very mobile, and they had publicly stated that their internal members rely on technology blogs. He didn’t know that Xia Ye had his own company. He only saw the small interests in his hands. He was really afraid that Xia Ye would take his place.

  Xia Ye’s company has always come forward with Song Yi, keeping a low profile in the rear, but hiding a little leisurely.

  Qin Ke sat there and became interested in the chocolate beans in Xiaodong’s hand, but Xiaodong didn’t have much in his hand. After eating two of them, he immediately put them away and hid them in the pocket of his pants. He didn’t plan to give one to him. The captain took away his biggest piece of corrugated candy, he can only hold on to the rest of his inventory for a short time!

  Qin Ke was bored, sitting there with his chin waiting. During this period, he deliberately teased the Eagle leader with a few words. The other party didn’t dare to be angry but didn’t dare to say anything. He just glared at him and stopped speaking.

  Old Ape saw this and asked in a low voice, “What’s the matter with you over there?”

  Qin Ke touched his belly with his little finger and said with a smile: “There was a little friction before. A thief on the Eagle Alliance took something from me, and I went there once to seek justice, but I was not satisfied with it. There was a little bit of a contradiction……”

  The eagle said angrily: “Is that once for you!”

  Qin Ke thought about it, and said: “I have been there a few times, didn’t you claim to be the number one in the whole network? I just tested it out for you for free.”

  The door of the conference room was pushed open, Minister Jiang walked in with a smile, saw them and asked, “What is everyone talking about?”

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  Qin Ke glanced at the Eagle leader and smiled: “Nothing to talk about. I was just telling them the story of spears and shields. Some shields are not stable, and I think that it’s a pity to be broken by a few spears, but I also think that it’s a good idea to detect the ‘shields’ that aren’t as good, isn’t that right?”

  The Eagle leader flushed and said nothing.

  Minister Jiang followed his words and nodded and said: “Qin Ke is right. There is a spear before a shield.” He stood in front and looked around, watching all of them and said seriously, “But we can’t wait for the other’s spear to make a hasty defense. This time, we have an urgent task. We have carefully selected the comrades of the network security team of more than 200 people across the country. They are all elites in various fields. The ‘shield’ that they have carefully prepared for several years can only defend against the crisis that we do not know will appear in the future. Only by creating the strongest “shield” can we defend against future crises that we don’t know.”

  Minister Jiang looked at them and said solemnly: “And you are the ones who are best at attacking. I hope you can stay and assist our comrades in relevant departments to complete this strongest shield.”

  He sent documents to the people present. The weight of the red-headed documents is heavy, and the words that can be seen at a glance are also shocking, such as “centrifuge”, “nuclear facility”, and “industrial surveillance engineer”. And the data collection system”… everything that they saw this, knew that this was a high level national security project,

More than 30 people were sitting there, and the sound of silence dropped in the conference room.

  Suddenly there was a burden on everyone’s shoulders. After listening to Minister Jiang’s next words, their eyes moved, and then they gradually became firmer. They were born in China and grew up in China. This was their home and the place they will guard for all their lives. Before this task, all the grievances they suffered were temporarily put aside. The oldest of them has gray hair and the youngest was only 12 years old. There were students and elites in other industries, but at this moment, all of them were gathered together to accomplish a top secret thing within half a year.

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  In the entire building, apart from this meeting room, dozens of other meeting rooms were also holding the same meetings. The redhead documents were being communicated to others one by one, and they fell into a pair of firm and powerful hands. They were the core of the selection, technical personnel were the cornerstone of the strongest defense system.

  They will work together to complete the strongest shield.

  This task lasted for several months.

  Xia Ye only videoed with his family once during the New Year, and then resumed to a daily phone call.

  When Xia Ye called his dad, he also mentioned a piece of good news. He whispered: “Dad, after this, I told Minister Jiang to remove my previous record, so you won’t have to worry about it anymore.”

  Teacher Xia was very happy about this, but felt a little distressed for him, “If it’s just for this, you don’t have to work so hard…”

  Xia Ye smiled: “It’s not all for this. I want to do something meaningful to make up for the past.” He paused, then said slowly, “So I can also put down the previous ones and do something. Whatever I want to do, otherwise I will look down on myself.”

  He thought, even if the little guy in his family mentioned it many years later, he would still be proud of him.

  After that, he can pursue him upright.

  In 2010, the “Stuxnet” (Stuxnet) worm attack surfaced, arousing the full attention of international mainstream security vendors and security researchers.

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  Many well-known security researchers around the world, as well as emergency organizations and research institutions in many countries, have invested in a comprehensive analysis relay.

  This was just a topic that flashed in the news that year, but it did not attract the attention of most people.

  Shanghai, at home.

  The two Xia and Tang families gathered together to read the news report that day. No one changed the channel. Tang Jinyu took it very seriously.

  Although no one in the family spoke, everyone knew that a member of their family was hiding in the dark and working silently.


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2 Comments »

  1. That confrontation over Jinyu was intense! You absolutely are never allowed to threaten Xiaoyu. Never! Being too curious is also a threat! I wonder how much he’s grown in all this time away? I wonder how the company is functioning?

    Thanks for your hard work translating!

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  2. I wonder if Xia Ye’s death in the other timeline was staged by the government? 🤔🤔🤔
    Was he endangered when news about what happened when he was ten got out, so they faked his death and then Song Yi attacked Zhuang Ya’s company out of anger, because she definitely had something to do with what happened back then.
    …but this is all speculation. Can’t wait to find out the truth and see how this all unfolds.

    Thank you Cherry, for these awesome translations! 39 more chaps until the end. 😁😁😁

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