AT&T has reportedly told celebrity hacker Kevin Mitnick that the company can no longer offer him cell phone service because of the inordinate amount of attacks on his cell phone account.
The Register last night published a lengthy article on the issues Mitnick is facing with his phone company and web hosting firm. Mitnick claims both AT&T and HostedHere.net, both of which have told Mitnick that they no longer want his business.
According to the Reg, Mitnick recently hired a lawyer to complain that his privacy was being invaded by people posting his account information - including the last four digits of his SSN, his address, the password he uses to log into his account online and both his cell and home phone numbers - in public hacking forums.
"They can't seem to secure my account," Mitnick said. "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."
David Wykofka, IT director at HostedHere said that Kevin is a "high profile target," explaining the company's decision to ask Mitnick to leave. "When vulnerabilities come out in third-party vendor software, he is one of the first targets on their list. This is just one of the perils of being Kevin Mitnick. If you're Barack Obama, you don't get webhosting at GoDaddy."
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