All my life, well, at least since the late 1990s, I've heard of this concept of "script kiddies". Allegedly, it's a term to refer to young kids or teenagers who, apparently, are somehow able to find "proof of concept" pre-coded exploit scripts of some kind, and proceed to download these to their own computers where they run them on some target website (or other server), hoping that they are unpatched/vulnerable, and, as a result, gain access to this server/computer/system.
Is, or was, this really a thing?
I was an extremely lonely "nerd" with tons of anger and frustrations. I actively looked for all kinds of sketchy stuff. But I never found anything like what I described above. I don't believe it exists. I don't buy that there is such a thing as a "script kiddie".
Either that or I really was a lamer who couldn't even find a pre-written script to run.
To me, it seems like "script kiddie" is a made-up concept. I don't believe that it's as simple as running a simple script to break into a system, and I don't believe that such a script would be published in public in a way that makes "kiddies" able to find and use them.
I think the term was coined by annoyed system administrators whose systems had been compromised, and rather than blaming themselves, the developers or "actual intruders", they make up this idea (possibly after watching the movie "Hackers") of there being a bunch of little annoying early teenage kids sitting there mindlessly running scripts which cause havoc.
Basically, if it had been that easy to "auto-hack" systems, this would've been abused far more often and automated long ago. I recognize that I'm not the smartest person in the world, and that there are extremely smart 14-year-olds, but I don't "buy" this whole concept. I think the "script kiddie" is a nonexistent scapegoat.
It's much easier to blame "those darn kids who don't even know how to code" than admit that you were accepting any username/password to your world-facing database due to an embarrassing misconfiguration.