Even so, the notorious ex-hacker still had to kick up security a notch for his bare-bones, nonsensitive Website, mainly to avoid further nasty hacking headaches -- and because his previous hosting provider got burnt by the hack. The provider was a relatively small shop, run by a friend. "[The attackers] erased all of the databases of his other customers on the same server. It blew away their databases and took three days to recover," Mitnick said. "That was the last straw...He told me, 'You need to find a Web hosting service somewhere else.' It was just too much work."
Mitnick's Website is now hosted on a dedicated server at FireHost, a Web hosting firm focused on security. FireHost touts its Web application firewalls, database security, IDS/IPS, and secure VPN access for its customers. "I decided to give them a try. It'll be a challenge for the hackers out there," Mitnick said. "And it will be a good honeypot and testbed for [FireHost]."
FireHost's CEO Chris Drake says his firm has already seen more hacking attempt activity since Mitnick's site joined, but he's not worried. Nor is Mitnick, who says he keeps his internal network "significantly" separate from his Website: "If the site gets attacked, [no one gets] anything they can't get already," Mitnick said. "Of course I don't like it -- it's a pain in the ass. But it's not like they're getting confidential data."
-- Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading