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Item #: SCP-XXXX
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Special Containment Procedures: A series of web-crawlers designated Athena-1.aic through Athena-9.aic are to monitor all social media and cloud storage accounts on an hourly and differential basis. Any users accounts which follow a reduction in footprint consistent with instances of SCP-XXXX-1 are to be flagged and their owners considered new instances of SCP-XXXX-1.

Instances of SCP-XXXX-1 are to be anonymized using an alphanumeric identifier provided by a salted hashing algorithm. No attempt to attach information about SCP-XXXX or the instance of SCP-XXXX-1 with any identity other than one generated by this algorithm is to be made.

As it is not feasible to broadly limit the use of private and public telescopes, it is expected that civilians will continue to observe SCP-XXXX for the foreseeable future. Foundation assets within the scientific community are to continue to discourage research into and observation of Boötes Void citing lack of merit or benefit. Existing avenues of research are to be decommissioned. Research into further containment is ongoing.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an extra-galactic cognitohazardous anomaly originating from the region of space known as Boötes Void. Visual awareness of the point-of-origin triggers a cognitohazardous and retro-causal memetic effect in humans which results in the inability to perceive or recall any and all identifiable information about the subject, including information the subject itself knows.

The mechanisms which trigger instances of SCP-XXXX-1 are poorly understood, but the effect appears to be composed of two primary components. The first is cosmic noise originating from Boötes Void which has been interacting with Earth for an indeterminate amount of time. This cosmic noise is inherently harmless unless an affected person is exposed to the second component: visual contact with SCP-XXXX.

Due to the indeterminant length of exposure to cosmic noise, and the indeterminate length of visual contact required to activate the cognitohazard, it is the position of the Foundation to assume that all humans globally are likely carriers of the dormant effect. Research into memetic agents capable of neutralizing the effect is ongoing. Successful application of a theoretical treatment would necessitate a permanent change to behavior such that "cured" individuals would not be allowed exposure to the open sky ever again due to risk of reinfection.

Immediately after the triggering of the cognitohazardous effect, the instance of SCP-XXXX-1 will begin to lose conceptual integrity at a geometric rate over a period of approximately 96 hours. This degradation extends to the recall, observation, and retention of all information directly associated with the person by all carriers and has so far proven unavoidable via either amnestics or mnestics.


Addendum.XXXX.1: Discovery Log
The Foundation became aware of SCP-XXXX in 2017 when a Lead Researcher returned early from vacation expressing symptoms of a cognitohazardous infection. Due to clerical backlog, the internal entries created for the subject's casefile were named using a pseudo-random placeholder designation and contained no detailed mention of the subject's civilian identity.

This record is the only information about the subject which persisted through the conclusion of the anomaly and has allowed for the attachment of secondary information. As such, additional research into SCP-XXXX and its effects can only be conducted is through at least one layer of dissociation with the base identity.

It is unknown how many gaps in internal databases are related to previous instances of SCP-XXXX-1 which were recorded in the traditional fashion, triaged, and researched as per SOP, or are related to normal business processes. Attempts to recover any potential information from various backup media have so far been unsuccessful or have yet to yield any new information.


Addendum.XXXX.2: Chat Log
A person of interest belonging to GOI-733 "Parawatch" posted to their personal blog a chat log between themselves and a contact believed to have been an instance of SCP-XXXX-1. As the POI did not know this contact beyond their screen name, providing at least one level of abstraction, this information persisted through the conclusion of the anomaly and was later posted to the Parawatch blog; the story was intended to highlight how the poster vets information and weighs what to report, and was not a blog about the anomaly itself. A partial transcription has been provided below omitting portions not relevant to research.


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