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Discussion in 'Networks' started by zebulebu, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    I was just looking at my firewall logs in real-time (nerd alert!) when i noticed some traceroutes (Inbound UDP port 33435-33437) to the WAN IP of my router. Nothing particularly odd about that, but I noticed quite a few of them from the same IP, so did a quick lookup of the IP (192.206.151.250)

    They seem to be originating from the Toronto Star's online site - I looked up a hockey story there earlier on. Why on Earth would the Toronto Star be tracerouting me?

    its stuff like this that makes me paranoid - and is the main reason I hardly ever look at my logs in real time :ohmy
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Why indeed? Could this not be some kind of automated process like a spambot. Maybe they are trying to establish the location of their fans for statistical purposes?
     
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  3. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    Thats the only legit reason i can think of - geographic profiling. Still, if this were the case, why make more than one traceroute? I haven't seen any in the last ten minutes, but in the 30 minutes previous there were no less than twelve separate traceroutes performed from that one IP, spread over a 30 minute period.

    Paranoid? Moi?
     
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  4. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

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    My firewall log shows about 30 entries an hour that say "blocked by DDoS protection" (it's built into my router so doesn't go into any more information than that) when I first noticed them I started checking out the IP addresses. Most of them belong to my ISP so I assume they're infected customers of theirs but one or two have belonged to various companies in the US but for all I know, they're spoofed IP addresses so didn't bother taking it further. I couldn't get any joy with the ones from my ISP because they wanted more detailed information than what my firewall provided.

    I think Zeb, you just need to rest assured that your firewall is working.:D
     
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