30 Days of Security Testing – Day Nineteen

The challenge for Day Nineteen is – Research Script Kiddies and/or packet monkeys.

Script Kiddies and Packet Monkeys are derogatory term created by experienced hackers for unskilled/inexperienced hackers.

Found a great article from the SANS institute written back in 2001 that explains the terms brilliantly.

In more detail:

Script Kiddies

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A script kiddie is a person who is new to hacking who attempts to implement attacks using other people’s code/applications without understanding the means of the attack.

Their motives for attack are not generally driven by financial gain or for a social cause, but more for “trying it out”, disruption or boredom.

I’ve heard it explained as someone who has watched too much Mr Robot and doesn’t want to do any reading.

The Urban Dictionary has a great list of definitions here.

Although more skilled and experienced hackers look down on script kiddies as the “lowest form of hacker” they can still pose a real and dangerous threat.

If your application is open to simple attacks, then anyone with a hunger for disruption and a keyboard could potentially cause harm.

Packet Monkey

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Not quite…


A packet monkey is a term used for a person who initiates a DDOS attack against a target by using ready-made tools, for no apparent reason.

They’re often looked down on by more experienced hackers as another kind of script kiddie, especially when boasting about their exploits.

Urban Dictionary delivers again with this brilliant explanation



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