Solved

Find out the author of a file

Posted on 2008-10-22
4
418 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
We recently got a threatening email with a Word attachment.  The only way I know how to find out the author of a document is to go into File > Properties and check the author name.  However, there was no data of any kind in the file's properties.  Is there any way to figure out who wrote this?  Is there a program that can do this for not only Word documents but other Office documents as well as non-Microsoft documents.  I've consulted my superiors and we don't want to go to any outside party to resolve this but want to know who did this.

Any help is appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:sedberg1
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
GUEEN earned 250 total points
ID: 22784393
You probably won't find out who owns the document since they perhaps changed all the information in the properties section of the document.  

What you should do is:
copy the email headers that you received along with the threatening email to the ISP (Internet Service Provider)
Instructions here

If you have problems tracing the email to the offending ISP use a free online resource such as www.haltabuse.org
they will trace and contact the ISP for you.
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:jools
ID: 22833796
If the content is threatening you should speak to your local law enforcement as well.
0
 

Author Comment

by:sedberg1
ID: 22833918
Is there any type of software that can find out the author of the document even if the properties of the document have been modified?
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:eetheredge
eetheredge earned 250 total points
ID: 22886293
To answer your question, no, there is not any software that is geared to determine the author of a Word document unless they enter it manually or even if it is entered automatically by some type of macro or other coding.  The issue is that I could create a Word document, enter the document information and save the file.  Then another person could open said file and change the document and document information and save it.  Then that person could use another email account, completely different from the entity and then send it.  

IF this was an isolated incident, then I would suggest you move on.  If you are afraid it will happen again or will become a larger issue, then get some type of email malware defense mechanism and have it trap as much information as possible.  Even then, if the true sender is any good, you still will probably run into a dead end because IP addresses can be spoofed.  

However, any threatening email, fax, etc., should always be kept in archive.  
0

Featured Post

Office 365 Training for Admins - 7 Day Trial

Learn how to provision tenants, synchronize on-premise Active Directory, implement Single Sign-On, customize Office deployment, and protect your organization with eDiscovery and DLP policies.  Only from Platform Scholar.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This guide will walk you through the essential considerations and tech stack for building scalable websites. Know how to grow your business the smart way!
Invest in your employees with these five simple steps to improve employee engagement and retention.
Viewers will learn how to use the Hootsuite Dashboard.
Learn how to create and modify your own paragraph styles in Microsoft Word. This can be helpful when wanting to make consistently referenced styles throughout a document or template.

688 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question