Tracking IP of hackers through windows 2000 logs

Rowby Goren
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I have been hacked and wonder if it is possible to track a hacker's ip address through windows logs or something similar.

Also if a hacker accesses a computer using Remote Procedure Call (RPC) interface, would their IP address be trackable in the same or similar way?

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Top Expert 2004

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Rowby,

It is going to very difficult to find that find unless you are an hacker ..This is because hackers never hack without changing their IP ( IP spoofing) . So even if you find one it is not going to be the hackers

Sunray

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Thanks sunray.  

Even though their IP's might be spoofed, are the IP's at least  recorded in the logs?

Top Expert 2004
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Rowby,

It again depends. Hackers can be smart enough to write a program to delete the IP address in logs.

Best thing I would suggest is to have a good firewall program like zonealarm .which will record incoming port information and all required details .In that case only if you accept the incoming traffic would come inside

Sunray
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Thanks!

I'll award you the 250  points.  But will increase the points to 500 points and share those points with others who have commnents.

I'm partciularly intersted in knowing if a hacker comes through Remote Procedure Call (RPC) interface (one of Microsoft 2000's vulnerabilities patched with their update(s)  00 if their ip is also logged.

Top Expert 2004

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Let me work more to get other 250

Sunray

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Sure!  :)
Top Expert 2004

Commented:
Rowby,

I am not really sure if the ip address that you can see is through RPC .However you should get the IP address logged in the event log .

http://www.isogon.com/winnt200v3.htm

Sunray

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Thanks Sunray.  I'll be awarding the full points tomorrow morning. And thanks for the link too.

You can add anything else that comes to mind -- and I'll be giving you the full 500.

THanks!
Another good way to catch the hackers is to setup a honeypot.

A honeypot will show an open port to the hacker when he scans your PC.
He will think he has found a access point to enter - but really its just a trap you have laid to capture his IP address.
One may be obtained here if you are interested.
http://www.astalavista.com/tools/intrusiondetection/misc/
:)

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Thanks sunray and Julilan.

I'll probalby ask some more questions on this topic in a few days.
Top Expert 2004

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Thanks

Sunray

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