Since the site was first registered at the start of September 2002, it
has rapidly grown, both in terms of content and hits. Over 90,689 unique
visits have been logged since then, with an average of roughly 120 (see below for current figures)
unique hits per day.
It should be made clear that where the word "hacker" is used in the site slogan, it is done
so under the loose definition of "computer security enthusiast", not
someone who illegally breaks into systems in any way shape or form.
Visits to Rootsecure.net have been logged from numerous government agencies, (including
DERA, SPAWAR, FNMOC, NCSC, DOD, DISA, NASA) security professionals, and
companies all over the world.
Articles written for the site, and usually based on subjects left
unreported elsewhere have been featured / linked to on various places across the
internet ranging from
Symantec's Security Focus, to
Portal, and Linux Security. Some have been translated into Spanish and
Portuguese by various other sites for their respective audiences. The
article "How defensivethinking.com got "hacked" for a second time"
received over 1269 hits in February 2003 alone.
Recently the launch of the daily mailing list has been a big success and it
is currently being send out to over 44 subscribers a number which is every
increasing. Those on the list include people from the US military, those
affiliated with various US states, and other people just interested in
the latest security news.
Emails have been received from people in companies such as BAE Systems,
and US Air force personal "Thank you for the information on your web
site is was most valuable… I was doing a risk analysis on a wireless
Rootsecure.net recently worked with CPanel developers to correct a cross
site scripting vulnerability, and has reported vulnerabilities in other
products such as phpBB2.0.0 "open-source bulletin board package".
A number of projects are currently under consideration to expand the site in the future.
Update: As of May 2005 around 400 unique people visit the homepage and 560 receive the Daily Mailing List (Monday-Friday). Many more regularly download the RSS and Podcast feeds.