Mar 06, 2015

What is a script kiddie?

I’ve heard this used to refer to the people who took down both Microsoft and Sony’s console services on Christmas day, thus ruining Christmas for millions of kids (and lots of adults) who couldn’t connect their new consoles for patches, downloads or multiplayer. So what exactly is a script kiddie?
Term used to describe wannabe hackers who use other people's programs and methods to cause annoyance on the internet. They are scorned by real hackers, as their actions often give the hacker commmunity a bad name while serving no real purpose. Typical actions of a script kiddy (or script kiddie, it can be spelt either way) include defacing web sites, hacking forum accounts, and so on.
Basically, someone who wants to be a “hacker” and cuts and pastes code without much knowledge of how it actually works. I like the Urban Dictionary definition:

"One who relies on premade exploit programs and files ("scripts") to conduct his hacking, and refuses to bother to learn how they work. The script kiddie flies in the face of all that the hacker subculture stands for - the pursuit of knowledge, respect for skills, and motivation to self-teach are just three of the hacker ideals that the script kiddie ignores. While anyone can be a script kiddie, generally they are teenagers who want the power of the hacker without the discipline or training involved. Obviously anyone who follows this route aspires to be a blackhat, but most refuse to even dignify them with this term; "blackhat" generally implies having skills of your own."
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