Kaminsky's mail spool over 5 years has been getting emailed around for months already. Poor guy. :-/
Mitnick is nothing new, and he is smart enough to keep all of his personal stuff off of his webserver. If you are a security professional who has any kind of a public name, that's just common sense. Who cares if your website gets owned? Just keep backups. What really hurts is having your personal life and the lives of those close to you exposed and spread all over the net.
They only loathe the security industry because they feel that those in it are incompetent. You say "effective promoters", they would reply "promoting what? the illusion of security that security companies give?"
There will always be new software, and software is insecure by default. You don't have to avoid securing the software that already exists to guarantee that you'll still have a job in the security industry tomorrow.
Generally when people post their cute hack-logs they remove anything that would give any information as to how it happened. They aren't interested in showing off how they did it so much as that they did it. It's all part of the hacker-kiddie posturing.
I mean, who would respect you if they learned all you did was figure out that someone had a weak root password by brute forcing it?
I don't know about respect for the hacker, but I can't believe that anyone who pretends to be a security professional can get away with weak passwords if that's the case here (and presumably for astalavista).
My confidence in their ability to know their stuff drops.
"Does anybody with more time or understanding of this document know how those boxes were exploited"
"What lessons, if any can we learn from other peoples mistakes?"
That nobody is safe, that everyone, everywhere is owned; these guys are gonna take your balls. Their gonna send one to the LA Times, one to the New York Times, press release style. Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on: we cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances, we guard you while you sleep. Do not fuck with us.