Common BacklashingThe most common form of backlash is Mindspike, also known as Spiking. It is a technique where an opposing Cyberrunner causes a huge surge, a spike, of voltage to flood the target's cybernetic interface. Unless the interface is isolated and protected from current surges, this will cause a strong jolt and a sharp pain, similar to migraines. Even protected interfaces can technically be spiked, but it's very difficult unless there's a known exploit to bypass the isolation. Another option is to overload the interface with such a large spike that the surge protection won't be able to handle it. Higher tech interfaces will simply disconnect at such a large surge. Older interfaces with more primitive surge protection may fail at enough of a spike and a significantly strong mindspike may burn out the cybernetic interface, effectively locking the Cyberrunner out from accessing the Web until it is replaced in addition to causing headaches, disorientation and in some cases burn wounds around the interface. There are stories about backlash techniques and tech that are so strong that they can completely wipe the mind of a Cyberrunner. While most people consider this mere ghost stories, everyone has heard of a friend of a friend who has been wiped.
The Web is the lifeblood of Fusion City. Every system, ever light, every door is connected to The Web in one way or another and it is the main way for people to communicate with one another.
Cyberrunners are exceptionally skilled computer operators that use advanced cybernetic interfaces to navigate The Web with their mind, faster than any terminal or interface ever could
Mindwiped is a condition where a Cyberrunner has had his brain fried by a backlash attack on the Web. While generally considered a spooky ghost story, most Cyberrunners know of someone who has been inexplicably found comatose at their terminal.