Possible Stolen IP Address

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richars1
Possible Stolen IP Address

I am not a frequent poster so I'm not sure which thread this belongs in, but over the weekend I joined a couple of "techie" forums. I've been hacked on more than one occasion and I was interested in finding out how to protect myself. Upon making an introduction, a poster immediately accused me of having had 4 different accounts on the site and being a poster who blasts members on other internet forums. I was subsequently banned. And quite unfairly, I might add. I had never been to said forum prior to that. I'm not sure if my IP address is being framed or what, but any assistance that can be offered will be greatly appreciated.

   

   

hubby
Re: Possible Stolen IP Address

Someone cant really "frame" or steal your IP address unless they totally take over your computer and start making posts from it without your knowledge (not very probable), but here is what may have happened:

Possibility #1: If your Internet service provider (ISP) uses dynamic IP addresses that actually change often ('dynamic' does not always mean it will change), it's POSSIBLE that someone else with the same ISP has also had that IP (that other guy), and they assumed you were the owner of those other 4 accounts.

Possibility #2: If your internet service provider is a large one that uses dynamic proxies (AOL comes to mind), the same thing could have happened, as in #1 - but this is far more likely since #1 would mean the 'other guy' probably lives near you. If you use AOL or similar, and the other guy does too, he could be anywhere in the you.S.

Possibility #3: Your writing style, use of words, misspellings, avatar that you chose, ect, looks/sounds/feels like that "other guy", and they just assumed it was you.

You might be able to send an email to whoever runs the website to plead your case, and maybe they will unban you. But, many websites (such as this website) are so overrun with spammers, trolls, and other a-holes, that they may just ignore your emails. If that's the case, just move on to another website.. The internet is a big place.

richars1
Re: Possible Stolen IP Address

Thanks. I did log into the site while checking my AOL e-mail. Had I known I would be falsely accused, I would have avoided that altogether. Will it benefit me in the future to refrain from using forums while using an ISP?

hubby
Re: Possible Stolen IP Address

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Will it benefit me in the future to refrain from using forums while using an ISP?

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I assume that you mean while using AOL? Since, you cant really access the internet without an ISP..

But, to answer, I dont think so. Most website operators are smart enough to accurately detect fake/multiple accounts - honestly, if that website isnt smart enough to do it right, you probably dont want to be there anyway.

richars1
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Thanks so much. I appreciate your help and prompt responses.

LuckyPup
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I have an iMac and use a high speed cable provider for my internet connection. I recently received a letter from the cable company saying that Paramount Pictures notified them that I had transmitted or shared a movie, and that this is copyright infringement. The charge is not true, and I suspect that my IP address was stolen. I usually power off my computer when not in use, so somebody could have stolen my IP address. If I shutdown my computer, but leave the modem on, will this prevent my IP address from being stolen?
hubby
Re: Possible Stolen IP Address

See the other comments in this thread - your IP can't really be "stolen".. but, it (your connection) could easily be used by someone if you leave your modem on AND have an unsecured or poorly-secured wireless access point.
If you have a wireless access point/router, be sure it is secured (password protected)
it is also possible (probable) that if you have anyone else in the household (ie; teenagers) that the infringement alleged against you is true - so if anyone else has access to the computer, i would speak with them.

LuckyPup
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Thanks for the quick response. I'm 100% positive that nobody else has been using my computer (just myself and my wife in the house, and my wife does not use it). I'm thinking of leaving my modem on all the time so that there would be a conflict if somebody were to try to use my IP address. Would this work? Should I request the my cable company change my IP address?
hubby
Re: Possible Stolen IP Address

Asking them to change your IP would probably be the best thing to try - i just dont know how willing they would be to do it.. you will probably have to argue with them and mention the letter, etc.. I'm curious to know what they do/say ..

LuckyPup
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I will let you know what happens. One more question, if I shut down my computer, but leave the cable modem turned on, could somebody successfully "ping" me, or would they get a 'not connected' response?
hubby
Re: Possible Stolen IP Address

Ehrmm.. let's see.. if you have ONLY a modem, and no other devices connected, when your PC is off, i dont think they will get any ping-responses..
If you have a router or wireless AP device, or any other devices connected, then they would get a ping-reply if they ping'd that device's IP..

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