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spiderjones
post Jul 14 2006, 04:06 AM
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I've got a question about just what one can do when you hack another persons cyberware. If you Crash Program/OS on it, does the cyberware shut down, at least for the reboot period (one full combat turn per System rating of computer)? Could you use this ability to shut off someones cybereyes and blind them for the duration of reboot? How do you determine the System rating, et cetera for cyberware?

The rule book says this about hacking cyberware:

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In 2070, almost every device is computerized and equipped with a wireless link—from guns to toasters to clothing to sensors to cyberware. As a rule, assume that any gear item that is electronic or mechanical has a wireless-enabled computer in it.

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While wireless functionality is convenient, it is also a security risk. The drawback to being able to save files on your favorite rifle or cyberarm is that it might get hacked. Wireless devices also tend to leave a datatrail as they interact with other networks around you (one good reason to operate in hidden mode and keep everything in your PAN slaved to your commlink). Being careless with that can lead to someone tracking you down or pinpointing you at the scene of a crime. One way to prevent this is to load your devices up with IC and encryption—courtesy of your team's hacker—but another might be to simply turn it off.
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post Jul 14 2006, 04:10 AM
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The usual way of handling it is to subscribe all of your cyberware exclusively to your PAN, thereby gaining its protection. Those that are worried about someone hacking in from less than the three meters that the cyberware's Signal reaches tend to use a skinlink for their cyberware.

Also, it's a lot faster to beat someone to death with a chair than it is to hack their PAN and muck with their stuff. I've been playing a hacker for several months, and the only time I've been able to do it before one of my fellow runners blows their head off was when we were holed up in a hotel room and holding them off.
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post Jul 14 2006, 04:12 AM
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You can turn wi-fi off temporarily or permanently or buy it without wi-fi. Turning it off means you have to manuelly turn it back on. Temporarily shutting it off can be programmed to turn back on after a specified time.
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post Jul 14 2006, 04:25 AM
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I dont really have any good idea's but i cant resist giving my opinion.

If the character has DNI to the device he can cancel out any bad things with a free action on his next IP. (limbs, eyeballs, implanted comms)

If the character has to go through a jack or implanted comm to communicate with the device then you have to fix it manuelly with a simple action. (smartgun, ??)

If the hacker is still in your PAN then your top priority is getting him out however you can with the last ditch effort a restart of your comms or of the device. Complex action?

I dont think it really matters what they do to your cyber, your either not gonna use it or cant use it unless your beating yourself in the face with your own cyberarm.

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post Jul 14 2006, 01:11 PM
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Think what could be done if somebody hacked your skill wires or wired reflexes.

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post Jul 14 2006, 02:34 PM
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QUOTE (Edward)
Think what could be done if somebody hacked your skill wires or wired reflexes.

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I think that its mostly agreed that hacking someone's Skillwires does not turn them into a Meat Puppet. As for hacking into someone's Wired Reflexes, well one could turn them on and off randomly, which in my opinion would be good for a penality, but still wouldn't turn them into a Meat Puppet.

Although personally I simply rule that as long as the person has a Datajack or Implanted Commlink that Cyberware is installed to use DNI connections at no extra cost. (For simple display stuff, I allow Cybereyes to work as well.) The Wireless function is there to be used in case something goes wrong with the DNI or if there isn't a DNI enabled device already installed into the person in question. (Considering the Upgrade that Datajacks have gotten, this helps explain why they are still more popular then Trodes, in addition to the 'getting dislodged' risk.)
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post Jul 14 2006, 02:35 PM
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Hmmmm!! Although i would never have my wired reflexes hooked up to anything capable of being hacked what about skillwires or skillsofts. Does that mean You could use comms to let everyone else have the same skillsofts?
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post Jul 14 2006, 02:38 PM
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I don't think it should be possible to hack most ware. Only stuff like eyes will accept data from the outside, much less commands. You tell your ware what to do via DNI and it should only listen to that channel for commands. Almost all ware will send out data like status reports, but why would a skill wire system accept any data from wifi if not instructed to do so via DNI? This makes no sense to me.
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post Jul 14 2006, 05:03 PM
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More entertaining than hacking someones skillwires would be to hack their Datajack and slot a virtual persona-fix BTL. But then there's not much in the way of rules or examples of what can and can't be done by hackers, so I wouldn't know how to go about doing that.
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post Jul 14 2006, 06:16 PM
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The reason you build things into systems that makes them capable of accepting input from other sources without initially getting the primary source's say-so is in case the interface gets fucked up.

If I take a round in the shoulder and it damages my DNI with my cyberarm, it'd be useful to be able to tell it "accept communication from other sources" without having to go through the (now non-functional) DNI to do it. If you've got your ultrasecure "one input governs all the other inputs" connection going on, you're screwed if that input gets interrupted, and you need access to something you've got installed in the cyberlimb.

If someone Crashes your cybereyes, you can't simply reactivate them with a free action. The Crash Device option takes, if memory serves, a full combat turn to recover from, and simply because you're mashing the "on" button repeatedly doesn't mean your cybereyes can reboot any faster.
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post Jul 14 2006, 06:36 PM
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Shrike: precisely why I refuse to get full cyber eyes with any character. I'd much rather take the individual essence hits so that I can't have my eyes shut down on me.
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post Jul 14 2006, 06:57 PM
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You can have cybereyes and make them unhackable. You just wont be able to use them for AR or to transmit things you see(which you can bypass also with a commlink or a dtajack and a optical disk.)
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post Jul 14 2006, 08:09 PM
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QUOTE (X-Kalibur)
Shrike: precisely why I refuse to get full cyber eyes with any character. I'd much rather take the individual essence hits so that I can't have my eyes shut down on me.

I'm not sure how much protection that offers. I mean, I could hack in and reset your thermographic to register room temperature as "white hot," or turn you low-light on all the time, or set your flare compensation tolerance to something like 1000 lumens.
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post Jul 14 2006, 08:18 PM
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Because then you can just turn them off. That and I admit to having a hangup on cyber eyes. Even though they can probably be altered to look like normal eyes there is just something about having cybernetic eyes as opposed to good ol' flesh there.
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post Jul 14 2006, 08:21 PM
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The hacker in your head can just turn them back on again, sending you into a game of "who's got more IPs"... oftentimes, that's the hacker. If nothing else, you blow a lot of actions fighting to be able to see.
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post Jul 14 2006, 08:25 PM
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QUOTE (Shrike30)
The hacker in your head can just turn them back on again, sending you into a game of "who's got more IPs"... oftentimes, that's the hacker. If nothing else, you blow a lot of actions fighting to be able to see.

Just shut off the commlink?
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post Jul 14 2006, 08:43 PM
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That works, but when you fire the commlink back up, you've got to re-subscribe it to all your devices. This means your smartgun link would cut out, your group comms would cut out, the AR uplink you've got telling you where the guards are would cut out, and you have to resubscribe to each of these things and each of your teammates individually... it's not an ideal solution.

It also doesn't keep the hacker from forcing his way back into your commlink the minute it's back online.
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post Jul 14 2006, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (Shrike30)
That works, but when you fire the commlink back up, you've got to re-subscribe it to all your devices. This means your smartgun link would cut out, your group comms would cut out, the AR uplink you've got telling you where the guards are would cut out, and you have to resubscribe to each of these things and each of your teammates individually... it's not an ideal solution.

It also doesn't keep the hacker from forcing his way back into your commlink the minute it's back online.

Well, he has to re-find it and re-hack it at least. And people survived without commlinks in 2063, I'm sure they can do it in 2070.
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post Jul 14 2006, 09:31 PM
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Or, keep everything skinlinked (at the cheap cost of 50 each) as well as wirelessly connected. Then, when an enemy hacker gets in and is mucking up stuff, turn off your commlinks wireless capability. No reboot, no cutout of other things such as smartlinks, and the hacker still gets booted.
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post Jul 14 2006, 11:12 PM
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Your comlink would still have to be wirelessly active to maintain your comms, your AR overlays with maps and such. Sure you still have your smartlink though.

Hacking 'ware is one of those things that's just going to have to be cleared up in Unwired, when it eventually comes out. Until then it's entirely up to the GM what a hacker can actually do, and provided s/he is fair in his/her application to both players and NPCs that's not unreasonable.
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post Jul 14 2006, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (Shrike30)
If I take a round in the shoulder and it damages my DNI with my cyberarm, it'd be useful to be able to tell it "accept communication from other sources" without having to go through the (now non-functional) DNI to do it.  If you've got your ultrasecure "one input governs all the other inputs" connection going on, you're screwed if that input gets interrupted, and you need access to something you've got installed in the cyberlimb.

Yeah, that happens all the time. I wonder how DNI'd cyberware without a wireless backup channel was useful at all. I mean - all those years ;)
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post Jul 15 2006, 12:04 AM
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You ever wonder why M249's can accept M16 magazines, not just belt feeds?

Ever wondered why your computer has an external power switch and a reset button, rather than just relying on being able to say "restart"?

Ever wonder why a lot of car computers have built-in settings that the car defaults to when the emissions sensors start giving data that doesn't make sense?

Backups are there because shit breaks. Backup on a cyberarm that you've also got other gear tucked into isn't necessary at all... but it can get you killed if you don't have it. Your choice.
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post Jul 15 2006, 12:48 AM
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QUOTE (Tarantula)
Or, keep everything skinlinked (at the cheap cost of 50 each) as well as wirelessly connected. Then, when an enemy hacker gets in and is mucking up stuff, turn off your commlinks wireless capability. No reboot, no cutout of other things such as smartlinks, and the hacker still gets booted.

Ah, so that's what skinlinks do? I never understood what the point was from reading the book...skinlink just sounded like a bad idea. I mean, can't someone just hack it and put you in agonizing pain?

But if it's actually a kind of security feature for linking your wireless devices in a private network that doesn't reach the matrix, then it makes sense.
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post Jul 15 2006, 01:03 AM
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More entertaining than hacking someones skillwires would be to hack their Datajack and slot a virtual persona-fix BTL. But then there's not much in the way of rules or examples of what can and can't be done by hackers, so I wouldn't know how to go about doing that.

Or slot a Black Death BTL
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post Jul 15 2006, 01:24 AM
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QUOTE (Samaels Ghost)
QUOTE (ornot @ Jul 14 2006, 12:03 PM)
More entertaining than hacking someones skillwires would be to hack their Datajack and slot a virtual persona-fix BTL. But then there's not much in the way of rules or examples of what can and can't be done by hackers, so I wouldn't know how to go about doing that.

Or slot a Black Death BTL

I was thinking more in terms of controlling the character, rather than killing or otherwise incapacitating them.

The p-fix programme would simply be that of a personality that really liked and cared for the hacker.

Not quite a meat puppet, but in many ways superior!
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