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RootPrompt.org: The Tools and Methodologies of the Script Kiddie -- Know Your Enemy

Mar 04, 2000, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lance Spitzner)

[ Thanks to Noel for this link. ]

"My commander used to tell me that to secure yourself against the enemy, you have to first know who your enemy is. This military doctrine readily applies to the world of network security. Just like the military, you have resources that you are trying to protect. To help protect these resources, you need to know who your threat is and how they are going to attack. This article, the first of a three part series, does just that, it discusses the tools and methodology used by one of the most common and universal threats, the Script Kiddie. The second paper focuses on how you can detect these attempts, identify what tools they are using and what vulnerabilities they are looking for. The third paper focuses on what happens once they gain root. Specifically, how they cover their tracks and what they do next."

"The script kiddie is someone looking for the easy kill... Regardless of the their skill level, they all share a common strategy, randomly search for a specific weakness, then exploit that weakness."

"It is this random selection of targets that make the script kiddie such a dangerous threat. Sooner or later your systems and networks will be probed..."

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