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SCP-xxx

Class: Safe

Containment procedure:

When not in use, SCP-xxx is to be kept in an anti-static, padded bag or case. Otherwise it requires no special containment procedures other than standard access-control measures and is currently stored in low-security storage unit 2 of Site XX.

During testing, the system housing SCP-xxx must be connected to an isolated power source and mustn't be connected to any networks. Removal of all networking peripherals prior to installation of SCP-xxx is highly recommended, moreover all tests should be performed inside a Faraday cage in order to stop any electromagnetic transmissions. The test system is to be powered down and disconnected from the power source when not in use unless the testing procedure states otherwise. Any anomalous behaviour of the test system observed by the personnel is to be logged immediately after exiting the testing area, or in case of long-duration tests noted down in a notebook. After removal of SCP-xxx from the test system, said system is to be immediately incinerated.

Due to security considerations, test systems containing SCP-xxx may only be operated by Level-1 or D-class personnel.

Under no circumstances may the SCP remain inside a test system for more than 60 days, and any tests lasting for more than 40 days require level-4 approval as well as continuous supervision of any personnel operating the test system by at least two armed guards from day 41 onwards.

Field operatives of the Foundation should remain on the lookout for computers exhibiting properties of being fitted with SCP-xxx. Should any such systems be located they are to be acquired, destroyed or at least monitored as carefully as possible.

Description:

SCP-xxx is an xxx xxx xxx quad-core microprocessor chip, differing from other chips of this sort only in that from the point of view of ordinary PC operating systems it only appears to possess three cores. However, if the operating system's kernel is extended to support a special, non-standard instruction set, it becomes capable of utilising the hitherto-hidden fourth core whose properties differ dramatically from all ordinary microprocessors.

SCP-xxx came to the Foundation's attention when a combined police and xxx-security investigation of one xxx xxx, a technician at xxx's manufacturing plant in [REDACTED] suspected of industrial espionage, revealed a hidden cache in his house containing - in addition to documents stolen by xxx from the plant - three xxx xxx chips, all of them featuring the same flaw of showing only three cores instead of four. When in order to determine a possible connection with the espionage case the processors were examined using electron microscopy, the seemingly-defective core of all three chips was found to possess unusual structure of paths (including shapes such as xxx and xxx) as well as to contain small crystals of xxx. This discovery was deemed worthy of Foundation's attention by an agent operating as a researcher at the EM lab, who then administered amnesiacs to the technician performing the scan, reported the chips as unremarkable, prepared a destruction protocol and clandestinely shipped them to Site xx.

During police interrogation, xxx xxx claimed that he had been paid by Doctor xxx, one of xxx's microprocessor designers who passed away of stroke a month prior, to acquire faulty chips produced on certain days and matching specific properties, as they were sent to be destroyed. As at that time it was already believed by the police that xxx had stolen the faulty chips simply in order to try to sell them to unsuspecting parties, Foundation operatives had ample time to search Doctor xxx's former residence - locating another processor along with extensive documentation of the instruction set of the fourth core (named by Dr xxx the Occult Calculation eXtensions, or OCX, set), along with hand-written notes on the subject of the chips' expected capabilities; these materials have proven invaluable in learning these capabilities as well as assigning the chips SCP status (see the addenda). It is worth noting no documentation pertaining to actual design of the fourth core was found, moreover Dr xxx's personal computer - which according to his notes contained the very first chip he obtained - was missing as well.

According to xxx xxx's testimony, he acquired seven chips from the plant. They were produced one a month until Doctor xxx's death became publicly known. Doctor xxx allegedly collected the CPUs twice, one at first and further three the next time. The present status of the seven chips is as follows:
- SCP-xxx-1 - missing along with Doctor xxx's personal computer;
- SCP-xxx-2 - unknown, presumed sold by Doctor xxx;
- SCP-xxx-3 - unknown, presumed sold by Doctor xxx;
- SCP-xxx-4 - destroyed in the course of Experiment xxx-3;
- SCP-xxx-5 - destroyed in the course of Experiment xxx-4;
- SCP-xxx-6 - in Foundation's custody;
- SCP-xxx-7 - in Foundation's custody.

Given Doctor xxx didn't have appropriate access to the manufacturing plant as well as the fact instructions for production of modified chips were apparently purged from the plant's systems around the time its employees learned of his death, the scheme likely involved another accomplice. I move for the Foundation to take steps to track that individual down in order to determine whether he or she possesses a copy of production instructions - and whether these instruction have been provided to further parties, making it theoretically possible for them to manufacture more SCP-xxx chips! — Dr Despair

Addendum 1: capabilities of SCP-xxx

So far, software utilising the OCX instruction set has been shown capable of:
- performing integer factorisation in O(xxx) time;
- accepting keyboard input from users without them actually pressing the
keys, apparently by detecting nerve impulses in fingers touching the keyboard;
- [DATA EXPUNGED];
- [DATA EXPUNGED];
- [DATA EXPUNGED].
There seems to be no additional power drain associated with the operation of the fourth core, it does however require what has been described by its creator as "sacrifice" - typically involving spilling a volume of blood on the surface of the CPU. It has been determined through testing that every xx seconds of activity of the fourth core the chip absorbs about 1 cubic cetimetre of human blood, with blood drawn from animals absorbed the faster the more distant the species from homo sapiens. Blood must be drawn from a living subject, then again it does not have to be applied immediately as long as it is properly stored. Approval for studies of the efficiency of other types of "sacrifice" such as sexual rites or [REDACTED], has been requested.

For those unfamiliar with the subject of modern cryptography, the speed with which OCX-enabled software can factorise integers pretty much means it can crack the vast majority of widespread ciphers. Given at least three SCP-xxx chips remain outside Foundation custody… Well, I think you can get the idea. — Dr Despair

Addendum 2: long-term use

As an unintended consequence of Experiment xxx-3, SCP-xxx-4 remained in the test system for a total of 53 days. During that time the system was discovered to exhibit the following properties:
- any thin edges inside the case become sharper, increasing the likelihood of accidental cuts;
- provided blood can be absorbed by first the whole motherboard, and later by the whole interior of the test system's case;
- the processor remains powered even when the test system is not connected to an external power source. This effect does not extend to any other components of the system, thus making it impossible to use it without a power source; it does, however, mean the CPU - and in particular, the OCX core - can retain its state over shutdown periods;
- it becomes possible for users to control the test system by thought;
- [DATA EXPUNGED];
- [DATA EXPUNGED], even outside the test chamber.
With the exception of the last two, these effects were not noted immediately and were only spotted during study of experimental logs at the conclusion of the experimental logs or, in case of the test system's capability of receiving
thoughts, when the effect became clearly visible. It is also worth noting that according to his notes, Doctor xxx did not expect any of these phenomena to occur.

Following the latest event the test system was destroyed and another experiment, xxx-4, was set up in order to obtain more precise information about the development of these phenomena. An extract of the experimental log follows:
- day 35: voltage on CPU contacts does not disappear after disconnecting the test system from its power source;
- day 37: the motherboard begins absorbing blood;
- day 40: observed sharpening of edges of the motherboard;
- day 41: the system can now be controlled by thought;
- day 43: the whole case interior can now absorb blood, noticeable sharpening of the case's frame;
- day 44: D-class personnel operating the test system suddenly recoils in shock, then attempts to smash the display with the chair. Subject restrained, claimed that the system [DATA EXPUNGED];
- day 49: the system found shifted by x cm in spite of no recorded entries into the test chamber. Video surveillance installed;
- day 51: [DATA EXPUNGED] now occurs on a regular basis;
- day 55: [DATA EXPUNGED] on CCTV feed and several displays in rooms adjoining the test chamber. Test system moved to a Faraday cage, with human observers equipped with Telekill headpieces in place instead of video surveillance;
- day 62: [DATA EXPUNGED]. Test system destroyed immediately with thermite. Test-duration limits added to the containment procedure.


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