Getting Illegal Spammers and Hackers Kicked
Off the Internet
Finding a Hacker's ISP
are, you think your computer has never been hacked. However, unless
you are running an Internet firewall program, in addition to using
a resident virus checker, it is likely that you would never know your
computer was hacked.
Unless you see your computer acting abnormally, you
would have no idea your computer was hacked until something unsavory
(e.g. a computer virus is found, your hard drive is formatted, your
computer crashes, your computer can't boot, or crimes are committed
against you) results from it.
Note: Firewall programs have settings to turn off reporting
of hack attempts. I recommend you leave the notifications on so
you know you are being hacked, and how often you are hacked.
You can also dig this information out of your firewall's security
log, but more than likely you would forget to check it.
I've Been Hacked!
If you have a functioning up-to-date firewall program
with notification turned on, it should report hack attempts. Below
is an example of a Norton Internet Security Firewall alert announcing
a hack attempt on my PC.
This alert provides the following information: the firewall
program is automatically blocking the hacker from any further communications
with my computer for 30 minutes, the hacker attempted to use the Backdoor/SubSeven
trojan to take over my computer, and the hacker's IP address (Internet
protocol address which is unique for all computers) is 126.96.36.199.
Notice that Norton Internet Security has already determined
the hacker's originating IP address, so now we have to track down
which ISP owns IP address 188.8.131.52, so we can have the ISP investigate
this hack attempt.
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