what to do with IP addresses???

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When someone is caught trying to enter your computer via a port and your Norton Firewall catches them and shows an IP address, how can that be used to stop this person in the future or to contact security about the person on their domain?
 
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About the best thing you can do is to resolve the IP into a name and then address an email to [email protected].
Logically explain what happened giving all the facts such as time and date and attach that section of your log file that gives the TCP/ID, port, date and time as a TEXT file.

Due to all the other internet traffic during that time period take the time to edit out any entries that don't belong to their user.

Send the email to [email protected]. If you are lucky, you might get a reply from the ISP. But from my experience, don't hold your breath. I get a reply in about 1 in 7
 
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If you want to save time with editing and get a file with just that IP, I use a version of the old UNIX utility called egrep.
The UNIX command would be
cat filename | egrep 123.123.123.123 > newfile
The DOS version would be
type filename.txt |egrep 123.123.123.123 > newfile.txt

You end up with a flat file named newfile.txt that contain all the lines with just the specified TCP/ID (which would include time, date, port # and so on).

If you want to use something like that I would suggest a Google search for "egrep for DOS" or "egrep for windows"
The different "flavors" of the command are grep, egrep, and fgrep. Egrep will give you the whole line.

Make sure the firewall log file is a TEXT file and not from a word processor.
 
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