IP Spoofing

It appears that my IP address was hacked. This is called IP Spoofing. I do not know why somebody decided to hijack it but they did. As the result of this there may have been some things inappropriately said. For this I apologize. When we were all spammed and we had to set up our word verification. I do not know if there is anything that can be done. I am also running a diagnostic check up to ensure that my computer isn’t infected. and I am changing my passwords.

Here is an article about IP spoofing.

IP spoofing, also known as IP address forgery or a host file hijack, is a hijacking technique in which a cracker masquerades as a trusted host to conceal his identity, spoof a Web site, hijack browsers, or gain access to a network. Here’s how it works: The hijacker obtains the IP address of a legitimate host and alters packet headers so that the legitimate host appears to be the source.

When IP spoofing is used to hijack a browser, a visitor who types in the URL (Uniform Resource Locater) of a legitimate site is taken to a fraudulent Web page created by the hijacker. For example, if the hijacker spoofed the Library of Congress Web site, then any Internet user who typed in the URL www.loc.gov would see spoofed content created by the hijacker.

If a user interacts with dynamic content on a spoofed page, the highjacker can gain access to sensitive information or computer or network resources. He could steal or alter sensitive data, such as a credit card number or password, or install malware . The hijacker would also be able to take control of a compromised computer to use it as part of a zombie army in order to send out spam.

Web site administrators can minimize the danger that their IP addresses will be spoofed by implementing hierarchical or one-time passwords and data encryption/decryption techniques. Users and administrators can protect themselves and their networks by installating and implementating firewalls that block outgoing packets with source addresses that differ from the IP address of the user’s computer or internal network.

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2 Comments

  1. Kodiak
    Posted November 3, 2006 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Here is the error message I received:

    Your IP address is temporarily blocked because you or someone else from your IP or someone else using the same proxy as you have recently used this service.

  2. Swinging Sammy
    Posted November 5, 2006 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    that is really an evil thing to do to someone. I agree that it has to feel like someone has broken into your home. I am sorry this has happened.


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