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.
Just as it's in the anti-virus companies interest to keep the threat of people getting a virus high. If no one ever got a virus, no one would buy anti-virus software.
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?
My confidence in their ability to know their stuff drops.
"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.
~ skalar <email@example.com>
So that's why you guys are still virgins. ;) Flaming a legitimate question does not make you friends.