From the RPG Shadowrun. Used also as " runner'.
Somebody who receives wages from:
- international corporations
- crime organisations
- independant people claiming revenge... or something else
- Steal data / objects
- " Extract" ( see "extraction" later) somebody
- kill somebody
- sabotage corporate/ private installations
Somebody who performs a shadowrun .
this day and age, things change so fast that the centrifugal force of progress will shear your head right off. Shadowrunners like us need to keep up with the latest developments. When you run a B&E, you need to know what nasty new security feature might try to cut you in two as much as you need to know which nova new magic formula is worth snatching. It's the state of the art, chummer-it'll make you cred or get you dead."
State of the Art 2063