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RootPrompt.org: The Danger of Script Kiddies

Aug 07, 2000, 19:20 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There has often been a tendency among System Administrators to discount the danger of script kiddies, and this can be a misleading and dangerous thing to do. Script kiddies can have a much greater capability to cause problems then their skills alone would indicate."

"By script kiddie I refer to people of low or almost nonexistent Unix skills who break into and crack other systems using scripts and programs that other people write and do not have the knowledge or abilities to write such scripts and exploits themselves. The term is most often used to categorize a cracker into one of two groups either the skilled system cracker or the script kiddie. In many cases it is used as a derogatory phrase and is used to show a lack of respect to the crackers skills and abilities."

"Most of the time script kiddies will find their victims by using scripts that conduct automated searches and attacks. These scripts written by skilled crackers or modified by some less skilled person are traded via IRC, FTP sites, web sites and other methods and can spread through the net with lightning speed. Soon after a new exploit is discovered and a script written for it, you may find it being used to attack systems all over the world."

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