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troubleshooting Question

Suspected hacking attempts

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Hi folks

I need some help with an apparent security problem, please.
I am getting events as below, in random blocks - nothing or several days, then up to a hundred similar events in the space of a few hours.  I suspect it is a hacking attempt because there are different generic usernames being employed, i.e. admin, root, www, administrator, test, master, etc.

Event Type:      Failure Audit
Event Source:      Security
Event Category:      Logon/Logoff
Event ID:      529
Date:            26/03/2007
Time:            04:27:13
User:            NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Computer:      OUR-SERVER
Logon Failure:
       Reason:            Unknown user name or bad password
       User Name:      test
       Logon Type:      3
       Logon Process:      Advapi  
       Authentication Package:      MICROSOFT_AUTHENTICATION_PACKAGE_V1_0
       Workstation Name:      OUR-SERVER
       Caller User Name:      OUR-SERVER$
       Caller Domain:      OUR-DOMAIN
       Caller Logon ID:      (0x0,0x3E7)
       Caller Process ID:      2592
       Transited Services:      -
       Source Network Address:      -
       Source Port:      -

As you can see, the eventlog is no help in identifying the port being used.
We run a vpn for two users within the organisation and MS Exchange within SBS2003.  I have port-scanned up to port 1055 using Shields-Up & everything is stealthed, except the following ports:
Open - 25 - smtp
Closed - 110 -pop3
open - 443 - https
open - 444 - snmp

Do you think that these are hacking attempts?  
Do I need these ports open for our mail & remote users?
Is there a way I can get information as to the originating port?

Any help appreceiated
Many thanks