When you turn on the news or read certain news site on the web you will often hear about the dangers of the internet.
Every day there is some new attack that you should be worried about or it will get you if you are not looking.
The news makes it seem as if the black hat hackers are about to take over the world and there is nothing that we can do about it.
I am not here to say that news like this is not important and that you should not listen to it.
What I am trying to say is that you shouldn’t panic based on headlines that are created to turn heads and gather eyes to the screen.
The truth is, most of the black hat hackers that are out there are not computer geniuses.
As a matter of fact, most of them could be classified as just a little above average when it comes to their computer knowledge.
You can ask any serious black hat hacker and they would tell you the same.
For the most part, there are a few people who create the attacks and the rest are just following along.
Most Black Hat Hackers Are What Is Known As Script Kiddies
When you are surrounded by people in the underground world of hacking there are a few terms that you will hear over and over again.
One of these terms is “script kiddie” and it is something of a put down in the world of hackers.
Basically a script kiddie is someone who understands enough to take a more talented hacker’s point of attack and do it on their own.
They do not understand how the attack works and how it is able to penetrate the system.
All they know is that someone else told them that it worked and they could use it themselves.
The point of most hacking is one of technical achievements.
If you are a hacker that doesn’t understand the technical genius behind the attack then you are someone who barely has the right to call themselves a hacker.
Script kiddies such as this are the ones that are doing the most damage to public facing internet web sites.
They want to make a name for themselves and they do not have the skills to do it through technical prowess, so they set up attacks.
These attacks are then broadcasted to the world and the people think that some technical mastermind planned out the attack.
A lot of these same script kiddies are in it for the money as well.
There is a lot of money that is floating around in the underground for people who are willing to do illegal attacks.
Some script kiddies take their knowledge of an attack that someone else made and use it as part of their services.
They then are able to do these types of attack and be paid for them as well.
It is the best of both worlds to a script kiddie.
Should You Worry About These Script Kiddies?
The best way to stop a script kiddie is to have all of your software and public facing hardware up to date.
You must make sure that you have all of the holes patched up in your system.
This is one of the best deterrents that you can have.
As I said earlier in the article, script kiddies do not know how to come up with the attack themselves, they only know how to execute attacks that were done by others.
Since they do not know the techniques behind how the attack was made then they will not know how to fix it when they come against opposition.
They will either have to do two things – they will either have to wait for the person who came up with the attack to do an update or they will have to find out how to fix it on their own.
Having technical knowledge is important if you want to be a hacker of any significance.
Most hackers that do not have the technical know how will try to find low hanging fruit that they can exploit.
Low hanging fruit is someone with an outdated machine or software.
They know that these types of target are still ripe for the picking for attacks that they already know how to execute.
So make sure that you are not one of these people and make sure that everything is updated.
Also make sure that the machines that you use leave as few footprints as possible out on the internet.
When machines on the internet talk to each other they may tell more than the other machine needs to know.
Black hat hackers are able to use this to their advantage when they attack.
Trying your best to make sure that your servers and software do not tell what is on there is a good way to go.