By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
19th August 2009
Over the years, Kevin Mitnick has gotten used to the attacks on his
website and cell phone account that routinely result from being a
convicted hacker turned security expert. What he finds much harder to
stomach is the treatment he's getting from his providers.
Over the past month, both HostedHere.net, his longtime webhost, and
AT&T, his cellular provider since he was released from prison more than
nine years ago, have told him they no longer want him as a customer. The
reason: his status as a celebrity hacker makes his accounts too hard to
defend against the legions of script kiddies who regularly attack them.
The move by AT&T came this week after Mitnick hired a lawyer to complain
that his privacy was being invaded by people posting Mitnick's account
information in public hacking forums. It included the eight-digit
password Mitnick used to authenticate himself online, the numbers for
his cell phone and land lines, his billing address, and the last four
digits of his social security number.
"They can't seem to secure my account," Mitnick told The Register. "And
then instead of doing something about it, they try to kill the messenger
and want to boot me off their network when all I want them to do is to
secure my account so no one gets access to my phone records."
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