Catch a Hacker: How to Trace an IP Address

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03.22.13
Kalen

Cyber criminals are becoming a major threat to computer users throughout the world. Many of these criminals are very bold because they believe that they can hide behind the cloak of anonymity on the Internet.

track ip addressCyber criminals are becoming a major threat to computer users throughout the world.

Many of these criminals are very bold because they believe that they can hide behind the cloak of anonymity on the Internet.

Fortunately, computer hackers are not untraceable. You can identify them and help the authorities make a case against cyber criminals if you follow a few measures.


How to Trace an IP Address

Here are a few basic guidelines to help you trace computer hackers. Keep in mind that many sophisticated computer hackers will be more cautious about tracing their steps. Many hackers use proxies or dark web sites such as Tor. They can still be traced, but doing so may be a bit more difficult. These guidelines may help you identify some hackers, but you may need the assistance of an expert to catch many in real life.


How to Trace a Hacker

You will need to identify the IP address of the intruder. There are a variety of Linux commands and tools that can tell you what the IP address is of any computer that is trying to make a connection. You can find the IP address of anyone trying to hack your own website on your hosting logs, Google Analytics or another analytics tool.You can try to use a tool such as NetStat to identify the IP addresses of anyone trying to connect to your computer.

What to do with the information: Once you have an IP address you can find out where the connection is coming from. Keep in mind that these simpler tools won’t be able to tell you exactly where they are, but can give you a reasonable idea what city they are in and what hosting provider they are using.

You can use the traceart command to find the hostname of the IP address that the hacker is using to access your machine. You can also put the IP address on the trace-route tool on the Princeton website. Another alternative is to use the GEOIPTool to get a rough idea where the hacker is located.


Reporting an IP Address Hacker

You won’t be able to track the hacker’s exact identity when you try these techniques. However, there are a couple of ways that you can use it:

– You can turn them over to the authorities.
– You can report them to their hosting provider after learning their identity.

I would suggest the former in most situations. You will know which country’s jurisdiction to contact to report the crime.

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IP Hackers: How to Remain Vigilant

Some hackers are annoying pests that have too much time on their hands. Others are much more sophisticated and dangerous. You will always need to be on your guard to protect yourself.

The topics I covered above can help you learn enough about a hacker to report them to the authorities or their ISP. However, they will usually not be very effective against more sophisticated hackers who are trying to cover their tracks. You should always take the necessary steps to keep your computer safe and leave the harder work to the authorities. Above all, make sure that you don’t try to use any information you find to antagonize them. You don’t know what havoc they could wreak on your system if you aren’t so careful.

About the Author: Kalen is a technology and security writer who shares tips on identifying and stopping criminals.

16 Responses

  1. Ray Harper

    My PC is being attacked and the Hacker has tried using LogMein to access my PC, Logmein have identified the IP Address as located in Malaysia.
    Whilst I do not have Logmein on my PC right now, I have used it in the past 6 months and I assume that unless I have a user PIN then the Hacker cannot obtain access.
    The Hacker has also tried to Hack into my Gmail account, but Google have thwarted this attempt and advised me to change my PW which I have carried out successfully.

    1. Dale Jake Corner

      Most likely that is a bot running its requests through a proxy server. The bot is probably doing brute force password sweeps and Ip sweeps in an attempt to find more hosts to inject, infect and then pull data out of.

  2. kris

    I let some people use my phone. After that been hacking my cell. My gmail my fb everything I have all my info. Wouldn’t surprise me the perverts watch everything I do.. What wrong with people?? How does someone track these creeps?? Anyone have someone that would work to get this traced??

    1. vishnu

      no idea about tracing it.but it looks like a payload trojan on your phone.
      if you are using an android phone then pls open the application manager and look for any unknown software in downloaded tab.if any found uninstall it.

      Hope that might help.

  3. Mariah

    My email got hacked and I’m only eleven I have the ip address do you need it to track my hacker?? He/she used my email and I’m scared they could find any of my personal information but I changed my password and I don’t know if that would help.

  4. Rachel

    my rogue landlord as hacked into all my accounts..fb deleted paypal and ebay were closed she has sold my identity to developers and she seems to have the power to know my every move and i think she even goes into the house when im not there this is driving me mad can any one help me catch her

    1. ethel

      you know that sounds like a new profession. Hacker Police 🙂 These guys go to school and receive a degree in computer technology and then join the police force in every city in the country. like narcotics or homicide detectives. We need a new law or something.

      1. Andrew

        They do have something like that, ethel. Its a 2 year associates degree called Cyber Criminal Justice, which focuses on Violations of the law via electronic means, i.e computers and hacking.

  5. bruce

    Rachel put A CAMERA in your home!!! face it towards your front door hidden and the minute anyone enters take the recording to the police and also let them know about this person hacking (stalking) you. meanwhile have the police record it in the meantime so that they are aware of your concerns.

  6. Tonya

    We definitely need hacker police. I’ve had the same jerks hacking my Wi-Fi and multiple phones for a year now. They also hacked my family’s Wi-Fi. They sit out in front of the house when no one is home and hack into the Wi-Fi…

  7. Frank

    Interesting information. But I have to ask you … can the source of a hack be identified with CERTAINTY if the hacker used a VPN or a PROXY or TOR? Isn’t it possible to be a hacker in Canada and make it look like the hack came from Russia? Also do you think these alleged hacks from Russia are identified with certainty? Wouldn’t you think the best hackers in Russia would assure that they could not be tracked back?
    Thanks.

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