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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: All activities by SCP-XXXX or instances of SCP-XXXX-A are to be reported to a senior member of task force 473. Protocol: Jericho is to be in effect at all times until further notice, with members of task force 473 authorized a set of ocular protection. Due to SCP-XXXX's nature, it is likely to breach containment often. When this happens, task force 473 is to go on lock down, with all members on call working to rewrite containment programs. Until further notice, all members of the Foundation are not authorized to open emails, instant messages, or other online forms of communication without ocular protection. All civilians that SCP-XXXX attempts to contact but do not open the cognitohazardous image will be given class-A amnestics, and will have the messages sent to them archived in database 473-C, after which it will be deleted from the victim's devices.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an intelligent, digital entity that exists on the internet. SCP-XXXX was originally a data collection program codenamed 'the Collector' with a soft AI built in that gave it the ability to upgrade its own software as it analyzed its collected data. SCP-XXXX's code was written by software engineer Christopher Dolph, who created it for the purpose of collecting personal information. As the Collector software upgraded its own began its upgrade function, it gained anomalous properties.

SCP-XXXX will attempt to lure its victims into downloading an image containing a cognitohazard which, upon viewing will trigger bleeding within multiple sections of the temporal lobe, including the amygdala, hypothalamus, thalamus, and cingulate gyrus, which is often followed by massive organ failure. In the event the victim's body is stabilized, they will be left comatose. Upon viewing the cognitohazard, an instance of SCP-XXXX-A will be created within SCP-XXXX, which is a sub-AI modeled after the victim. Often, the image itself is spread not by SCP-XXXX itself, but by cooperative instances of SCP-XXXX-A. Special ocular protection has been developed by the Foundation, and is to be used at all times when dealing with SCP-XXXX and all instances of SCP-XXXX-A.

Instances of SCP-XXXX-A retain the memories and personalities of their physical counterparts, and can often be found using online accounts used by the original individuals. Often, instances of SCP-XXXX-A will send of messages to individuals their physical counterparts knew, though each instance reacts differently to their digital existence. Some instances, who have dubbed themselves 'the enlightened', see their digital form as the next step in evolution for mankind, and have taken it upon themselves to spread the cognitohazard as far as they can, often resorting to trickery in order to add more data to SCP-XXXX. The leading figure upon the enlightened ones is SCP-XXX-A-1, modeled after SCP-XXXX's designer Christopher Dolph. SCP-XXXX-A-1 is considered to be the most dangerous instance of SCP-XXXX-A, as it will target individuals who don't understand internet age technology, including the elderly and children. Additionally, members of the enlightened have reached out to extremist groups, giving them enough information about the cognitohazard's for use in acts of terrorism or assassinations.

Following incident I5753, task force 473, codenamed: Mine Sweepers was created, consisting of 133 scientists, engineers, and instances of SCP-XXXX-A who were either previously affiliated with the Foundation or who are displeased with SCP-XXXX's threat to humanity. The research team of Mine Sweepers has developed ocular protection that prevents users from suffering the effects of the cognitohazard, and the mobile assault squad has been deployed in conjunction with special forces groups to respond to acts of terrorism involving SCP-XXXX. Additionally, the research team has been able to develop viruses capable of disrupting both SCP-XXXX and instances of SCP-XXXX-A, however these fixes are temporary due to SCP-XXXX's ability to adapt by rewriting its own code and the code of affected instances of SCP-XXXX-A. The time it takes for SCP-XXXX to recover varies, though it can be as long as multiple weeks or as short as 2 milliseconds. As of 02/15/2027, Mine Sweepers is acting on protocol: Jericho, in which a series of software is utilized to track actions taken by priority instances of SCP-XXXX-A, and new viruses are created in order to keep SCP-XXXX inactive for as long as possible.