I figured I would finally expand on this idea. I've mentioned it several times in my blog, but most don't know what I'm talking about. Generally, I got the idea from reading Messi's blog. Gatherers are pretty much Proxies that pretend to be a victim/a Runner in order to gather information about the other side. It can go on for years without ever being found out. Technically, all it would take would be a phone or a computer to achieve the results you needed. You could be sitting next to the Runners you were turning in, and 'just barely escape with your life.' I've seen Poe is technically supposed to be a Gatherer, but I haven't seen any other examples. There's no way the proxies are that damn good at hiding their tracks.
I believe that there are more of these little fuckers in our midst than just one or two. Oh no. I believe there's an entire hidden group of Gatherers, specifically around to find out what they need to take Runners/uncooperative Proxies down. After all, who doesn't want another 'friend' to confide in? We never have any true ability to trust those around us. I hate to cause more paranoia and distrust, but let's face it. Some of the Proxies we deal with on a daily basis are just plain stupid. Reference Morningstar's now dead recruits if you don't believe me. And then, there are the ones that you just KNOW are devious as hell. Now. For the stupid ones, how the hell do you think they get the information about the Runners? There's no way they can even spell their own names, let alone look up an IP address or coax them into giving intimate knowledge about their lives.
I just don't believe it, sorry. Somewhere, somehow, there is more information we are just not able to access. Computers, log in information, notebooks with the truth, you name it, I believe in it. Surely there's gotta be some kind of training manual out there somewhere for the less criminally minded! Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, and wondered why your significant other/friend looked guilty while they were updating their blog? Ever found one in the history that didn't look familiar? All this and more, I know has happened. It has to. Also, another thing I would like to address in the mythos, while I'm at it: when people get scared, they fuck. Sorry to put it so bluntly, but stop tiptoeing around the truth. You do, you enjoy it, and it's one of the few distractions we get.
Anyway, back to the point. There are people among us that don't fit in. They are somehow always able to escape certain death, or have unknown connections that allow them to get resources they should have never been able to get normally. Sometimes, they know information that just doesn't make a damn bit of sense. How the HELL do you know what that Proxy looks like, hmm? Sorry, but that person has NEVER shown a picture of themselves on the internet. So why do you act like you could paint a picture of how to recognize him? How do you manage to 'hack' a blog that's been inactive for months? How are these blogs even hacked to begin with? Something's fishy, and I'm probably going to be persecuted for saying it, but fuck. Get a grip everyone. Open your eyes before your 'best friend',lover, or what the hell ever puts a bullet between your eyes or a blade in your back.