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User currently offlineVenuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

I just installed Norton Personal Firewall on my computer. So far, in the ten minutes or so that I've been online, it says that there have been 93 attack attempts. Most of them come from IP addresss , which belonges to the Internet Software Consortium in Redwood City, CA. I took a look at their website (http://www.isc.org), and it looks legitimate. Why then, am I getting hacking attempts from this IP?



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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

1. Norton might be assuming that something is hostile, when it isn't;
2. Somebody might be spoofing the source address. resolves to kechara.sorcery.net.
If this is hostile traffic, and really from that address, it's probably from some random geek with a shell account on that machine - not necessarily from the owner.

Do you have a log?

What flavour of Windows are you using?

[Edited 2003-09-21 23:04:10]

Cunning linguist
User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

A lot of these are false alarms.

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

What you should be looking for is port scanning, ie, the same IP trying to connect to your computer through many different ports. If it's the same port every time, in many cases you can find out what kind of activity it is.

User currently offlineVenuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1150 times:

1. What is a log
2. I am using Windows 98 on that machine
3. It said that there were like 30 attack attempts every time I tried to log into sorcery (the IRC server). I'm not sure, however, how to determine what port(s) it was trying.

I also had on another machine (running windows XP) an alert saying that an IP address belonging to AOL tried to attack the computer when I dialed into Compuserve. (Seeing as Compuserve is an AOL company, I think there might be some kind of relationship with the fact that I was connecting to Compuserve). I haven't gotten that alert any other time I connected to Compuserve, though.

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