The Classified Infrastructure Portal firewall (abbreviated CIP firewall) was a firewall system of hardware and software that protected the United States' major infrastructure systems from outside tampering. Telecommunications, power and water services, and air traffic control were among the systems that the firewall was built to shield. It was developed by a team of engineers at Homeland Security and designed primarily by Michael Latham.
Tony Almeida, Masters, and Donnie Fox abducted Michael Latham from his car and forced him to complete a module that would allow the firewall to be breached. This module, known as the CIP device, was used to fire a "warning shot" to the U.S. government by hacking into air traffic communications and directing two planes at JFK International Airport into a near-collision.
David Emerson delivered both Latham and the CIP device to Nichols and former colonel Iké Dubaku, who planned to use the threat posed by the device to force President Allison Taylor to cancel the planned military intervention in Sangala.
Background information and notes
- There is a real-life CIP concept, but it stands for "Critical Infrastructure Protection".