Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting," commented the Script Kiddies
: Unskilled crackers/hackers who use code and software--or scripts--downloaded from the Internet to wreak havoc upon others' computers and computer networks or sites.
But for large organizations with lots of excess computing power and Net connections--the ones our script kiddies
love to "zombify"--user authentication should be part of a total security package.
Many old-school hackers and "hacktavists" (more on them later) see DoS attacks as the work of "script kiddies
," newbies on the hacking scene who simply download and run pre-existing software.
Those who claimed responsibility could be script kiddies
, hackers who get tools online and use them against any vulnerable computer they could find in the internet.
A group calling itself "The Script Kiddies
" claimed responsibility for the hack 6 their Twitter account was suspended right after the incident.
mostly with script kiddies
and people who were just trying to make a name for
The Script Kiddies
are loosely connected to hacker group Anonymous which has been linked to recent attacks on Sony.
Ascreenshot posted by the Huffington Post, showed the Fox News Politics feed carrying the subtitle: "H4CK3D BY TH3 5CR1PT K1DD3S." The channel's logo had been replaced with the capital letters SK, presumably also a reference to script kiddies
, a term applied to youths who hack computers using simple, automated tools or scripts developed by others.
The principal message by a hacker going by the handle, HEX786 read: "This is just a warning to all script kiddies
Matt Perkins, partner in charge of the financial services group at Deloitte in Birmingham, said: "The types of attack, the execution and exploitation require significant resources and coordination, which implies professional hackers and organised crime have taken over a domain once ruled by 'script kiddies
' and one-off hackers."
Only one story - of gullible teen 'script kiddies
' being used by purported Middle-Eastern terrorists to break into US government systems - brings much reproach from Mitnick.