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|Appears in||Watch Dogs|
Watch Dogs 2
|Located||Worldwide (prominent in Chicago and San Francisco)|
Sons of Ragnarok
Auntie Shu Boys
Church of the New Dawn
|Prominent members||Marcus Holloway|
Horatio Carlin (deceased)
Clara Lille (deceased)
- ❝ A secret society of hackers, serving our own brand of justice.❞
- ―DedSec's slogan in Watch_Dogs
DedSec is a secret hacking collective featured in Watch Dogs (in a minor spotlight) and Watch Dogs 2 (in a major spotlight) Some of their most noteworthy members include Clara Lille—who directly assists Aiden Pearce—Marcus Holloway, and his band of hackers which include Wrench, Sitara, and Josh.
DedSec is a notorious hacking collective that operates in Watch Dogs rendition of Chicago. They are not affiliated with Aiden Pearce, though he does have dealings with some of its members. The group itself is opposed to the implementation and use of the CTOS and has the objective of proving that the system is flawed and unnecessary. The group's members hack into various CTOS systems for destructive purposes in order to highlight its weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
One way in which DedSec have voiced their opinion and made their presence known to the public was through their seizure of the CTOS' official website. The website was seized and then subsequently transformed into an ambiguous advertisement page. The page was turned entirely black and covered with a DedSec logo, formed from ASCII characters. Similarly, tagging and graffiti has been sprayed onto a number of CTOS advertisement media and other Chicago signposts.
Audio logs left by one of their members, G1gg1L3s, reveals that DedSec's leaders are referred to as the "Council of Daves", or just "the Daves", because they all include the name Dave in their usernames in online communications.
It is revealed by Clara (under the identity "BadBoy17") that DedSec has an aggressive side, where they unsuccessfully tried to attack a CTOS center in The Loop, and as a result of that failed attack, Blume added more armed guards to the center. This is given further credibility during the end credits of Watch_Dogs, where a broadcast states they won't tolerate being ignored any longer, and in Watch_Dogs 2, where in one audio log left by another of their members, Horatio Carlin, he states that "if there was a bar ranging from "activist" to "anarchist", [they]'d probably fill the whole damn thing"; additionally, that same audio log implies there are multiple branches of DedSec, as Horatio stated that he ran a few ops with the Council of Daves to see what worked for them and try to adapt it to the members of the Bay Area, before realizing that the Chicago and San Francisco Branches of DedSec couldn't be more different from each other.
Events of Watch Dogs
DedSec can trace their origins back to Umeni which at one point sent many of their engineers to prison, subsequently, after being released many of them went on to form the group and fight against corporate injustice and corruption.
At some point in the game, they contact Aiden Pearce to target many corrupt Umeni executives to have their revenge and later on contact him again to infiltrate Danny SoSueMe's mansion to recover data stolen from them. They also tip him on a shipment containing a Biometric Assault Rifle and to give him the whereabouts of two high ranking Chicago South Club members for him to dispose of on behalf of the group.
Following Clara Lille's death, DedSec declares her a martyr and promises a reckoning.
Near the end of the game, they contact Aiden again before he is about to take control of the CTOS satellite to ask for 30 seconds to search through the system and collect all data necessary that could help them in their quest for justice. However, Aiden refused to do so and Dedsec warned that they will not forget this.
It is revealed on one of their broadcasts during the credits that they are tired of people ignoring their warnings, stating their reputation has been damaged and that they had been attacked by other hackers such as Defalt, declaring a digital war upon Blume and the citizens of Chicago.
Despite the fact that Aiden was responsible for releasing the blackmail to the public, DedSec claims credit for this action.
Watch Dogs: Bad Blood
During the "Council of Daves" investigations, it is revealed that one of DedSec's leaders had grown tired of the other Daves wanting more to "stroke their own egos through social media than bring real change" and wished to further militarize DedSec. The rogue Dave lured Dave04 and DaveZB over to the Ambrose Theatre, Defalt's old haunt, and murdered them, then coded a video of Defalt's meeting with the Daves into a QR square on the Pawnee Dam, as a message to the other Daves, to implicate Defalt. He then arranged a meeting with Daveftp, Dave Capisano and Dave_of_Spades at a construction site in Pawnee, then sent Fixers in to ambush them. However, Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney learned of his treachery in time and arrived to protect the Daves from the waves of fixers sent to kill them. The Daves pledged their gratitude to Kenney, who declared that they now owed him a favor. It is unknown what became of the treacherous Dave.
Events of Watch Dogs 2
- ❝ DedSec has given/will give you the truth, do what you will.❞
- ―DedSec's slogan in Watch Dogs 2
There are at least one million followers/members of DedSec in San Francisco, California. Their belief is technology should not be used to control people; as a result, they are actively fighting against the San Francisco CTOS, spamming messages about themselves and their cause. Unlike the Chicago chapter, the San Francisco DedSec lacks a militaristic side and focuses more on nonlethal pranks and muckraking-in particularly, advertising their app, which allows their fans to lend their computers' processing power to their operations. The protagonist, Marcus Holloway, is a member of DedSec. One of the goals in the game is to get more people from the area to download their app and join them, so that DedSec can gain more resources and processing power for bigger hacks; such can be done by doing certain missions to get the follower count up.
- Part of the seized Chicago CTOS site bears the words "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" (Who will watch the watchmen?), clearly outlining that they question who controls the CTOS.
- DedSec views Raymond Kenney as a hero and hacking legend, and are interested in finding the Bunker as was made evident when Clara says the facility could be of use to the hacktivist collective.
- This is also clearly seen in Watch_Dogs 2, where Marcus knew who he was right from the get-go (and even admitted to using some stuff made by Kenney) and (once Marcus tells the rest of his crew) where Josh nervously asks for a hug and asks if "[they] can keep him, like a hacker-in-residence."; however, despite this admiration, Sitara strangly displays some degree of animosity towards him, as she claims to "know about [him] and his "collateral damage".", thus hinting at the possibility that not all of DedSec's members admire him.
- Defalt wanted to be a member of DedSec's council but was rejected because they wished to remain anonymous and he was more tolerant of attention, it may be this event that cemented Defalt's hate towards DedSec and made him a black hat hacker. He then created his own hacks such as changing the profiling system.
- DedSec likely means "dead security", referring to CTOS.
- DEDSEC is a permutation of the It term SECDED (single-error correcting and double-error detecting), which is an error detecting and correcting protocol used in a computer systems memory.
- When they contact Aiden and attempt to convince him to plant a secret virus in one of the satellites that controls ctOS, they say that they will be the "watch dogs" of the city.
- The hacking collective can be likened to Anonymous, and also to LulzSec, in the way that they operate.
- In Watch_Dogs, if Aiden listens in on certain nearby conversations, occassionally a person will talk about how the authorities need to "crack down on DedSec", showing that while the authorities don't take DedSec seriously, the rest of the public does.