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Old 09-16-04, 05:46 AM   #1
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... There have been at least three attempts to hack my computer. Thank God for Firewall.

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I really thought that I was going to get through on the third try.
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Old 09-16-04, 09:18 PM   #5
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why the hell would anyone hack your pc? what's so special about it?
I've long given up trying to figure out the motives behind human behaviour. Short answer to the above question: who the hell cares? The only relevant fact is they were trying.
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Old 09-17-04, 12:05 AM   #6
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Were they using a Bic pen?
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Hahaha

It's probably not actually a human-controlled attempt. Most likely a virus or worm port-scanning or something similar and the firewall refers to it as a hacking attempt. Nonetheless, it's a threat.

Now I will be really impressed if someone can "hack" a kryptonite lock with a #2 pencil.
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Just give me the password. It'll make things a lot easier.
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HA!!! Exactly my thought before I scrolled down to see your response!! Great minds think alike. Figures you'd be my neighbor!!
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Old 09-18-04, 03:26 AM   #11
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Update: it's now reading 1,849 Access Attempts, and 1,432 intrustions -- 10 of which were "high-rated" -- whatever the hell that means.
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Intrusions?!?!? OMG... Not a good thing. Those are successful attempts, they got in!

Check out www.grc.com . He has a super intrusion test and lock down methods that will make you 'invisible' to da bassards.
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Thank God for Firewall.
Update: it's now reading 1,849 Access Attempts, and 1,432 intrustions -- 10 of which were "high-rated" -- whatever the hell that means.
Is this a program only or a physical firewall?
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Update: it's now reading 1,849 Access Attempts, and 1,432 intrustions -- 10 of which were "high-rated" -- whatever the hell that means.
So? This goes on all day every day on every machine connected to the internet. They're not so much hack attempts as port scans. Some other infected machines are searching, at random, for other vulnerable machines by checking the status or responses from certain vulnerable ports on your machine and about a million others. Your firewall notes the connection attempt but does not respond so the probing machine usually justs moves on to the next random IP. When they do find a response, they connect to the machine, exploit the vulnerability, and attempt to "reproduce" on that machine, turning it into a drone just like the original.

Poor little drones...always searching, searching....never finding satisfacton.....so sad....

The high rating was determined by some guy (or gal!) programming your firewall and means either (a) a netbios port (or one of the other 500 or so vulnerable Windows holes) was probed or (b) a probe or probes came from the same machine more than x times (x=some arbitrary number above which danger is inferred) Chances are that the high threshold was actually determined by a salesman of some sort. Any intrusion attempt dangerous and therefore should be blocked. This is something the folks at MS have not figured out yet so they only fix the little problems once they become big problems....too little too late.

You've got a firewall so don't sweat it....that's what they're for (unless of course it's XP's built in firewall...in that case, sweat it and get a real firewall like ZoneAlarm or better yet a standalone box). If you're still feeling insecure take the plunge: ditch Windows, install some flavour of *nix and live life to the fullest.
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Old 09-18-04, 07:22 AM   #15
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What jeffrodull said. Firewalls often exaggerate every little port scan or port connection attempt in order to "scare" users and to give them a feeling of false security. Yeah it's reporting every failed scan and connectino attempt, too bad it's not telling you the ones that DID get through.
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Old 09-18-04, 05:18 PM   #16
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Intrusions?!?!? OMG... Not a good thing. Those are successful attempts, they got in!.
Perhaps I should clarify that point. It says blocked intrusions. Apparently it's up to 1,511 now. In anycase, I've got adaware 6 and CW shredder as well, so don't @#$% with me, boys!

jeffrodull: I got Zonealarm last week after I had some massive problems with adware files on the system. I've learned that lesson well.
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You know... ZoneAlarm is really great, but it records every single thing as an attempt. Most are routine internet traffic requests and NOT threats, intrustion attempts or anything else. By calling everything an attempt, ZoneAlarm looks like it does more... which is saying a lot, since it does an extremely good job at both inbound and outbound protection.

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