Also known as a skiddie or skid. An unskilled amateur hacker who uses existing exploit programs and files (scripts) to carry out their attacks on networks, systems or websites. Script kiddies lack the skill to understand how scripts work, or to write their own scripts. It is often assumed that they are “juveniles” whose motivation is to impress peers or friends rather than become skilled hackers. The term “kiddie” is derogatory but doesn’t relate to the age of the offender. Instead, it is a disparaging reference to the amateur, lazy nature of the attack and the attacker.