script kiddie

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script kiddie (plural script kiddies)

  1. (informal, derogatory) A (usually amateur) hacker who compromises files on others' computers or launches attacks on computer systems, using widely distributed computer programs or scripts rather than developing their own.
    Coordinate terms: cracker, hacker
    • 2003, Kevin Day, Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions, Prentice Hall Professional (→ISBN), page 126:
      Generally speaking, script kiddies are bored individuals without girlfriends or boyfriends who can think of nothing better to do on a Saturday night than make people come into work to fix a failing system.
    • 2011, Will Gragido, John Pirc, Cybercrime and Espionage: An Analysis of Subversive Multi-Vector Threats, Newnes (→ISBN), page 115:
      It is important to realize that the motive behind the script kiddie or recreational hacker is a more ego-driven destruction of data without a hidden moral, political, or economic agenda.


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  • IPA(key): /skʁipt ki.di/
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script kiddie m (plural script kiddies)

  1. script kiddie