Panic and chaos ensued on Sunday when a 90 year old computer virus known as WIPE began to infect jump drives on the expanse, causing all ships to jump within range of each other; plunging the system into combat and violence. The Consortium lost several ships in the ensuing calamity, including one of its flagships – the USS Gramsci Light Cruiser.
The Gramsci was forced to jump within range of the infamous PVP ship known only as “Come Get Some”; in low Earth orbit along with several other smaller ships. The duel lasted long enough to break both ships weapons and a literal melee ensued between the two large vessels.
Eventually both ships were dragged into Earths gravity, scraping and ramming nearly the entire way down.
At about 11km altitude, the PVP ship was able to break free and renter orbit; the Gramsci was not as lucky and begin to fall like a brick to the surface below.
According to data automatically sent back to Consortium HQ’s by the Gramscis flight recorder, the Gramsci was loaded with 4500 rockets and nearly 9000 rounds of 20mm cannon ammo when it went down. A serious salvage opportunity for any Earthling brave enough to climb into the mountains after the wreck. Who knows what defenses remain online, however.
What Comes Next?
The only workable solution to the WIPE virus is to purge all infected hardware. Expanse governments are said to be working around the clock to achieve this end, with an expected WIPE purge coming near the time of this writing. It is recommended that all inhabitants of the Expanse backup and save their favorite designs before the purge takes place.