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Want to find out if your local law enforcement has attempted to hack you?

If you can look at you fire wall log run a whois and find out after you go to their site.
And enter the ip in your stop list and wait.
more details 05.Jul.2005 19:57


Some who don't know the lingo, but are still concerned may want to try this--any chance of posting more instructions?

whois 05.Jul.2005 20:50


Just follow the instructions.

not sticking up for them 05.Jul.2005 21:22


i'm not trying to say you haven't seen legitimate attacks, just be aware that virus activity can look like an attempted hack. many viruses can (and do) attack different ports on your computer. also, if a computer is infected, it can attack without the user knowing. most of the time, you can report the activity to the person's ISP (this info is usually provided by the whois site where you looked up the IP - usually the 'abuse' email address) and they will check into it for you. obviously if it really the DoD or the cops, not much will happen.

unknown 05.Jul.2005 21:33

Just go to say portland police departments website!

Once you are there go offlins and take a look at your firewall log. Note the ip address and place it in the stop list and wait to see if it comes up while you are on line in the future. Your firewall should tell you that that ip address is blocked. If you are not sure which ip address is the one you are looking for , go back online and try going to the site again. If you can render your firewall log much the better.

You can go to  http://www.samsapde.org or  http://www.dnsstuff.com/

Then inter the ip address in the field where it says: Whois and press the botton (this is for dnsstuff.com). For samspade.org use the field that says: Do Stuff.

Now that you have the needed info it's time to add to your stop list by reviewing the info obtained from either whois service starting with the begaining IP address through the end. Have fun!

ONCE MORE SLOWLY 06.Jul.2005 09:54


If you get the freeware, Sam Spade, you can use it to trace emails and figure out where unwanted emails come from. It even has a handy little routine that deciphers the email headers if you're not a savant on those. It is for windows only, unfortunately. What the guy above is trying to say is, to find out if you have someone on your tail, go to your firewall software, look at the logs.

In the logs, you will see a bunch of numbers (IP address in the following format:, with actual numbers where the zeroes are currently appearing.), to find out who is watching you, copy one of those numbers, either google a "reverse" IP translator and have it tell you who owns the servers at those addresses OR go to whois, enter the numbers and find out who owns the. Whois is the registration engine that has all the servers and all URL addresses in the United States catalogued with the names of their owners.

Reverse IP programs are simple routines that let you enter the numbers and the program interfaces with whois to figure out the owner. I believe that Sam Spade has a reverse IP lookup in the bundle of programs. Whois has the complete address and phone number of the owners. Sometimes, you find that the IP owners are companies. It is a good idea to go to the Secretary of State where the "company" is located and find out who is the owner behind the company. You might be surprised.

recommendations? 06.Jul.2005 10:24


On free programs to create a firewall where this kind of information can be kept track of?