On 2008-02-12, the coppermine webpage went down because it was hacked. The attacker appears to have exploited the vulnerability of the Linux kernel discussed in the news article ...
I am glad you are back. But, this is a great concern for me, also. During the past year, I had a number of the servers of the softwares I used hacked -- Joomla, CPG, etc. As far as I know, this has happened several times to CPG already, i.e., being down for a long time -- not just hiccups, or scheduled maintenance.
Had this happened to my website, I would not know what happened and how to deal with the issue. This is onee of the reasons why I am still with a shared server hosting service. Many of the dedicated server hosting services I contacted do not offer technical help, such as dealing with a hack. If you require their services, it would cost a fortune.
Are there precautions that could be taken to minimize this?