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    Hi All,

    I have several morons trying to hack my server lately. They are sloppy enough to use their own isp and I have all of them logged. A couple of people used a port sniffer to search my servers ports which the server automatically blocked. Others have tried to hack my ftp and telnet servers. And I have the usual bunch of people trying to use my mail server to send out spam, which the server won't allow.

    My question to all of you is should I contact these internet service providers and persue this? Should I have email accounts that try to use my server for spamming closed? My logs have everything I need to follow up on this? Most of these people give up after a failed attempt...

    What do you think?

    Core

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    In my opinion, the answer is a firm yes. If you have the information, I would go after them. Doesn't mean you have to drag them into court or spend a lot of money. I would at least contact the ISP's about it and have their accounts shut down. In many cases, I believe that it is people that don't know what they are doing...they could be using software that is readily available...they may not be a 'high tech' hacker...Teach them the lesson the first time around. And remember, when they fail with you, they will just cause the same problem to somebody else. Remember, it is a crime against you, and your company. It is a threat against your livelihood...no different then somebody trying to break into your brick/mortor store.

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    Think of it this way - if you caught a prowler trying to break into your house, would you call the cops even if they weren't successful?

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    A friend of mine has his site running on his own server, and he had a couple of hackers try to mess with his server as well. They attempted to hide, but didn't do it very well. He did a little research, found out as much about them as he could, then prepared a special page for them. The next time they tried to gain access, they got a page that said:

    WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE. We know what you've been trying to do. We have everything documented. Continued attempts to hack this site will result in our taking action against you in every possible legal way.

    DON'T MESS WITH US OR ANYONE ELSE AGAIN. YOU ARE BEING WATCHED...

    It did the trick, they left immediately and haven't been back. Probably scared the beejeebers out of them!

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    Andy,

    That sounds like a really good idea! I would love to see their faces. I will also go after these people and have some accounts closed. 2 of them are foreign (not in US) accounts so that should be interesting. Part of me wonders if it is my competition trying to screw with me.

    Core

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    Absolutely you should at least report it to their ISP. Maybe they have not been successful on your site, but what about others? By reporting them, you may stop them now before they do real damage to someone else.

    Also, and here's a good one for you, a lot of these "hackers" are kids looking for a thrill. When we contacted the police on one of them, the cop went to the kids house and told him and his parents, (paraphrasing from memory) "Look, hacking into computers is illegal. Your son has shown some intelligence and ability in this general area. People like that are making 6 figures when they graduate college in the private sector as security specialists. But those that have a criminal record in their past can't even get a job at McDonalds. I could arrest your son right now for what he's done. So what's it going to be? Straighten up, or flipping burgers?"

    Needless to say, we don't worry about him anymore.

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    Just a quick Q.

    How did you notice that there were even attempts to hack your server?

    ie, what to look for in server logs etc.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>

    So what's it going to be? Straighten up, or flipping burgers?"
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    LOL! A sensitve police officer with a strong message.

    I agree you should not tolerate any hacking

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