Qualifications and requirementsMost everyone can become a Cyberrunner. The installation of the cybernetic interface is the greatest barrier to entry, as cybernetics are expensive, and neurological cybernetics more so. Some people possess faster neurological processing speed, allowing them to reach faster online processing speeds. There is no way to know this affinity until the brain has been properly tested. Such a test is usually also a costly endevour. The large cost involved with becoming a Cyberrunner puts it out of the hands of most people, limiting it to people with large amounts of money or with contacts that can supply them with the interface. Some Corpies are provided an interface, free of cost, from their corporation in order to perform their duties.
GoonrunnersA Goonrunner is a particular Cyberrunner who isn't hired by a corporation or government. These individuals are usually members of a gang and the gang scrounged up the cash necessary to have a black market interface installed for the runner. Hence the term "goon" runner. Goonrunners are on average far less skilled than professional Cyberrunners (and Ghosts in particular), but there are Goonrunners who have garnered quite a reputation for themselves.
WildrunnersA Wildrunner is a Cyberrunner who runs a modified cybernetic interface that has had all safeguard hardware removed. The reason they do this is because it increases their processing speed significantly. Or so they claim. Among most Cyberrunners, Wildrunners are seen as foolish at best, and deluded at worst.
Famous CyberrunnersGalwin Dradik - Unknown individual with great skill. Believed to either be an exceptionally skilled Goonrunner or a Ghost.
Ghosts are military operatives with access to highly advanced cybernetic equipment. They are trained to be super soldiers, assassins or highly effective infiltrators. Many Ghosts function as super-Cyberrunners and are feared by other Cyberrunners.
Backlash is a term used to describe techniques, code and software that is used to attack Cyberrunners connected to The Web. Backlash commonly only causes disorientation, headaches and disconnections but can cause destruction of the cybernetic interface.
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.