Hackers are known for their technological wizardry, adept at manipulating the ubiquitous computerized systems people take for granted. However in space Hackers more often find their skills useful as Electronic Warfare (EW) specialists. While the threats of guns and torpedoes are perhaps more direct, an EW assault that shuts down a ship’s Void Sails, jams their sensors, or changes their transponder registry can be just as deadly…and harder to trace.
In space, Hackers must defend their ships against Electronic Warfare, while launching attacks of their own to neutralize enemy ships–especially those with superior firepower. On the ground, a skilled Hacker can be an asset to a special ops team, both for interfacing with doors and other technology, but even for hacking the harness (power armor) and technological weapons of enemy units. =
Modern space and planetary operations relies heavily on EW, both attack and defense. In military units, the best Electronic Warfare Officers are Hackers, going beyond standard operating procedures to innovate and out-think their potentially highly skilled adversaries.
Most EW attacks begin with delivery of a malicious data payload into a ship or harness. Firewalls are like armor against EW, blocking hostile signals and identifying possible attacks embedded in friendly data. However, since attacks can come from both electromagnetic and Dark Energy spectrums, no firewall is foolproof, even military grade firewalls. Thus, Hackers must use their own skills and intuition to defend their ships against Electronic Warfare attacks, especially if flying a civilian ship not equipped with robust firewalls.