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IP address are a mystery sometimes

Posted on 2012-09-11
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Last Modified: 2012-10-11
Yes, I know that an external IP address will not lead one directly to a house address and that is a good thing. However, I am working a case right now that involves two different IP addresses. One traces to an AT&T building in downtown Austin, TX and the user at the other end is only a few miles away. The other IP address comes back to Cingular Mobile for another user in Austin, TX. That IP address comes back to a corn field near Wichita, KS. Google street view shows a long, dusty, dirt road running towards an old wooden farmhouse, Just what one would expect to see in Kansas. What is up with that?

Can anyone recommend a publication that details IP address primer, book of secrets, tips, any further knowledge?

Thank you,

Question by:DFORENSICS1
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I have never been one to rely too heavily on these types of tools.  We have a static IP address so one would think that it would show close to where we are located however when put into a site like http://www.infosniper.net/geolocate-visitor-gadget.php it comes back about 350 miles away from our actual connection on the embeded Google Map.

Author Comment

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Yepper. We use subpoenas whenever we can get them but the research is would be much easier if we could just get within a few miles. Thank you, MIke
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andyalder earned 2000 total points
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>One traces to an AT&T building in downtown Austin.

You can conclude that it's an IP address owned by AT&T then, and you've geo-located the ISP's regional headquarters. Take a read of http://whatismyipaddress.com/geolocation-accuracy

As far as the corn field is concerned it's probably an average of several user-reported IP address to physical locations such as sites like Google can create when people update their user profile.

Look at http://whatismyipaddress.com/ for example, fill in the "Update IP Location" link and you might just be able to move the location a bit (but others are moving the location of the netblock in different directions so don't expect the results to make much sense).

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Thank you. Sorry I was so late.

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