How do I stop unwanted port scan attacks so I can join and use Facebook?
Posted on 2010-11-10
Hello. I have a question. I notice at after joining Facebook in January 2010 for the first time, I had issues with port scan attacks as the attacks were originating from some location in inland China on my computer. My computer’s 3rd party security solution software program, namely the firewall component was protecting me and delivering messages about the attacks on my system. I found it was somewhere deep in China that was attacking me from the reported IP address my firewall provided me. At the time I had Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. I live in the USA. I use a cable internet provider with a cable modem only. I have contacted my cable internet provider and I tell them the issue. They state that they will report it (Send the information on.) and I should no longer be receiving any attacks as if they backlist them. However, I was still receiving the attacks. I think reporting their IP address is somehow ineffective and whether or not from a higher administrative level this action was ever resolved or not. If they did resolve this issue, the offending attacker may be using another IP address to still attack me. I did get several IP addresses all located in one of two locations in China. I guess there are extraneous circumstances how this port scan attacks were still being done when I reported it. It may be out of the control of my cable ISP. I still received the port scan attacks. So I found my cable ISP cannot do anything to resolve the system attacks on my end.
I was receiving these port scan attacks right after joining Facebook. So I researched this and found at the time that system attacks do occur for members of Facebook and something through my IP address is how they are attacking me. Yet, asking other Facebook members about getting such attacks and they reply stating they do not get anything of the sort. These port scan attacks occurred about 30-50 times a day. It was nice to know my firewall was doing its job and blocking my system’s ports. So after getting annoyed and irritated with port scan blocking from my firewall, I decided to terminate my Facebook in late February 2010 in hopes this would go away. I know it takes time for your account to be permanently deleted as long as I never log back into my account ever again. It just so happens the port scan attacks started to decreases in number over time too. After approximately 5 months following the closure request of my Facebook account, I finally received the last attack. Since that time, I have been free of any more port scan attacks.
Now I am using Windows 7 Professional along with the same security solution software I had in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
Here is the thing: I would like to rejoin with Facebook soon, but I am not too happy of the thought of enduring another series of port scan attacks again.
So my question is:
1. What do they want when these offending attackers attack my system?
2. What can I do to stop these port scan attacks this time around?
3. Any way to alter or hide my IP address at my discretion when I create a new account and/or sign in to Facebook?
4. What are the proper channels to resolve an issue like this? (If you focus on my ISP: A different strategy, means or process though my cable ISP if my chance?)
5. Any other possible or probable answers or solutions you can think of yourself to help lessen or remove and/or end these attacks?