Perhaps the most annoying part about Uplink, is when you think you've gotten away with something but you really haven't. A couple in-game days later or so, you suddenly find your Gateway shut down and you're disavowed.
It's easy enough to find out who caught you - just log in as your disavowed user, and you'll see. But what I often can't figure out is how I got caught.
In the most recent case, the job I was doing was of the "find financial details" sort. It's easy enough that it could be done straight after the Tutorial, if they allowed such low-ranked players to do these.
I loaded up my usual route, which includes probably every server listed in InterNIC (and makes game failure that much more annoying to deal with). Then, I clicked twice on the target system - once to remove it from the loaded route, and again to put it at the end. After connecting to the bank, I entered in the target account as a username and let the Password Cracker have at it. A little bit later, and with the trace percentage still in single digits, I was in the account. I opened up my e-mail and sent a reply with the appropriate data. Then, I closed the connection and deleted my logs from InterNIC (InterNIC is always my first hop - I only delete my admin logon events, and the connection routing events).
I'm fairly certain there's no way the bank should have been able to catch me, and yet it seems they did. Did I do something wrong, or is there always a not-too-small chance that the target gets "lucky" and discovers you even despite your best efforts? Is there any way to trace the source of my discovery, post-mortem?