Even 3 years before the war, a special team under Willis Corto were training for a cyber-attack run. For this operation, prototypes of special programs were developed, such as the Mole virus. For the operation, several Nightwing microlights were equipped with a console operator, a prototype cyberspace deck, and a Mole IX virus program, stripped from their weapon systems to compensate the weight. The Russians were building EMP instalations at Kirensk, but officers of the American intelligence suppressed the reports, perhaps in order to not annull the mission.
They moved to Kirensk for an assault against its computer nexus. In a first stage, shuttles threw pulse bombs against the Russian defenses over Kirensk in order to open a security hole. Microlights set out of their launch capsules high above a frozen steppe along the Angara and Podhamennaya rivers.
As they dropped in, the console operators were through the Rusian ICE and were ready to inject the virus; then the unreported pulse guns went off, throwing the jockeys into electronic darkness and wiping the flight circuitry of the microlights. This was followed by laser shots, aiming on infrared. Corto's console man was killed just before his ship fell down.
It is believed that nobody got out, but one of the Special Forces teams (including Corto) got hold of a Soviet gunship and flew it back to Helsinki. Since they didn't have entry codes, they had to shoot the Finnish defense forces. As it landed in a spruce grove on the outskirts of Helsinki, it was gutted by an antique 20mm cannon manned by a cadre of reservists on dawn alert. Finnish paramedics sawed the survivors out, including a seriously crippled Corto.
The War ended 9 days later. After the war there was a "bloody political football" when it was revealed that the forces were sacrificed to test the Russian technology.
Screaming Fist had a lasting legacy in postwar technology. The programs used by hackers to crack industrial banks trace their prototypes there. Mole viruses was the first generation of intrusion programs with Mole IX considered the first "true" virus.