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    Hackers

    I recently installed McAfee's Personal Firewall, and this thing is giving me quite an education! Trouble is, I'm not sure what I'm seeing when the firewall pops up with information about someone from Krakow, Poland, who's trying to get into my computer! (BTW, I use a dial-up connection.)

    Yeah--Krakow! I'm just curious: Why and how would someone from Poland want to get into a computer owned and operated by little ol' me? What's this guy (and others like him) up to? And how do they do it? Like...how does he get my IP address? Just guessing? And what do such people look for? Credit card numbers? My address book?

    And--if I'm seeing this kind of activity now, thanks to McAfee--I'm sure it's been going on for as long as I've owned a computer, no?

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    Re: Hackers

    Welcome to the world of firewall logs <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    You can expect to see a number of these every day, many of them from Eastern Europe or China. They are generally trying to take over control of your PC and leave a trojan behind for themselves, or one of their colleagues, to use later in an exploit such as a Distributed Denial of Service attack.

    They typically test a whole range of IP addresses looking for one that hasn't been protected properly - it's very unlikely to be anything personal.

    StuartR

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    Re: Hackers

    Thanks for that information. Most of these "attacks" (and I'm astonished by the number of attacks!) seem aimed at Port 139, whatever that means. My firewall asks me whether I want to allow or deny access, and I always choose to deny access. But some of these attacks could be legitimate, oui? Would my firewall block my own ISP from doing something that really needs to be done? How can I tell the good guys from the bad guys?

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    Re: Hackers

    Seems to me that no ISP in his ethical right mind would (should) ever try to access your computer for any reason, without YOUR permission. That's one of the reasons that I (and I think most people) don't allow anything "automatic" to be done to our computers, at least not without PROMPTING, so you have a part in whatever is going on. I use Zone Alarm for my firewall plus I have a Linksys router in my system which purports to make my I. P. address "invisible" to the internet. In spite of that, ZA reports periodic attempts to access. Good luck!

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    Re: Hackers

    If it's port 139 then look at the discussion in replies to <post#=187520>post 187520</post#> which discuss a recent hack that displays adverts on your PC via the Messenger service.

    StuartR

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