Netrunners are Kane's elite hackers, who were tasked with obtaining crucial data and intelligence from enemy networks. To this end, they used special VR equipment to uplink and project themselves into cyberspace. While this dramatically increased their efficiency, the uplink that went directly into their nervous system could be potentially lethal if the hacker encountered a firewall or was prevented by the programs within the target server from completing his hack. In the end of the Nod campaign the Nod player has the choice of destroying one of 4 targets with the ion cannon to expose GDI treachery.
The Netrunners are portrayed, from left to right, by Ed Del Castillo, Frank Klepacki and Ian Pugh.