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Had DMZ open for like a month...

Discussion in 'General Security' started by john2013, May 23, 2012.

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  1. john2013

    john2013 Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2012
    I just noticed one of the local IP's on my router changed awhile ago...probably from a power outage. And that what I thought was my Xbox 360 IP that was DMZ'd On was actually my Laptop.

    And it was like this for a good month..

    My wireless laptop (in which the DMZ was on) is Vista and always had the latest windows updates, virus updates - norton 360 / malware protection and all that.

    Just wondering how hard/easy it would of been for a hacker to gain access during that period of around a month ? I did not have FTP'ing going on or anything like that. Just wondering if hackers would of been able to see the sites I accessed during that time and stuff ? or anything similar ?

    Every site I checked regarding this issue before posting was pretty 'vague' about what a hacker could of done in this instance.

    The thing that sucks about having a linksys wireless router, is they make ya paranoid because you could view the Incoming Log from the router. And the Incoming Log always has weird activity... like the other day some IP from China was trying to access (or maybe was accessing) the 'webcache' port. I guessing they never had access and it was blocked from the router, but how do I know for sure ? Seems like newer routers and the more popular ones , don't even have the Incoming Log feature.

    any help on all this is much appreciated.
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Just look at it as the same thing as your having been connected directly to the internet, as many people are. The router adds an extra layer of protection, but your PC should be well enough protected by itself to be able to be connected to the net.

    So, the chances are slim, even if someone knew your IP address and came after you specifically. Whether they could even find an open port due to your firewall settings is even another question. And why would your machine even present as a target? Do you have the plans for the big, new weapon on your hard drive? Other than CC numbers, which they can get by easier methods, most hackers would consider hacking you a waste of time (nothing personal). It's a far more productive use of the hacker's precious time to go after things that are already known to pay off.

    I have one machine, for special purposes, that I run through the DMZ all the time. No damage to report yet! :D
  3. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    Is the Vista firewall on ? And what profile is it using ? ( Domain, Private or Public ). If it is on, and using the public profile, then you are pretty safe.

    I have read that they could enumerate user account names and machine names. And then, of course, they will start guessing passwords.
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