* GameBreaker: The chronic insecurity of the InterNIC server makes life a little too easy.
** Calling the InterNIC server's insecurity 'chronic' is like calling water ''wet'', to emphasise. However, there's still the Uplink Test Server that you can break into to cover your tracks.
** Bah, that's basic. [[spoiler:Do a Trace balance transfer mission involving a large cash amount. Note your bank ID & IP, get back to the account of the TBT mission, transfer all of them to your account, delete transfer log, disconnect, then delete transfer log at your account, then clean all bouncing logs. Voila, you now have money to buy everything you need (if the money is more than 200000). Of course, given the short timeframe for deleting all the logs makes it really easy to get caught, makes this a DeathOrGloryAttack. But, hey, high risk, high reward.]].
*** That example actually demonstrates the problem even better: [[spoiler:You don't have to delete all of the transfer logs--just the one that directly connects to your gateway. So if InterNIC's your first connection point for both bank hacks, all you have to do is clean the bank logs, DC, then go to InterNIC and delete your outgoing logs and the logs that say you logged in as an admin and edited logs. Then sit back for like five minutes and wait for your rating upgrade to come.]]
*** To be fair, [[spoiler:you only get around 20-30 seconds real time even on a high bounce connection to cover your tracks after confirming the transaction and you NEVER know how much you have time left as they use passive traces. It IS doable, but you need to be lightning quick.]]
* ParanoiaFuel: You won't know you've actually done something fatal (or at least extremely inconvenient, if you've got a motion tracker and explosives and enough cash to restart) until you get a sudden blank screen.
* ThatOneLevel: For some people, hacking into a LAN. Unlike the rest of the game, navigating a LAN means playing cat and mouse with the server administrator and navigating all the hardware - using subnet masks, lockbreakers, and all that jazz. Now enjoy doing it three or four times ''to the same LAN'' in order to retrieve several hundred Gq of data, then delete the local copies and upload that data to a server for another corporation to use! Mmmm, corporate espionage!