PortscannersExposed: The important point is this – if you're using Shares on your Windows computer and it's attatched to your DSL line, *check your settings*, otherwise you might be sharing your files with more people than you think!

Here’s a list of IP addresses that all have one thing in common. They all routinely try to connect to my home computer by scanning the SMB (Windows Share) network in the futile hopes of being able to connect and steal stuff from me, every single day. In the case of one (212.159.84.90), it’s 48 times a day, so he (or adware, a virus or something) is portscanning every 30 minutes, 24/7. Scary stuff. Of course, they’re all denied because I’m running a mature, intelligent and reasonably secure Operating System called Linux. You might have heard of it :)

 124.60.175.39
 125.201.45.31
 190.48.13.100
 200.171.147.144
 200.215.9.186
 200.222.30.9
 203.154.49.47
 211.215.221.182
 212.143.71.22
 212.145.202.96
 212.159.127.75
 212.159.74.1
 212.159.84.90
 218.39.81.141
 220.141.133.127
 220.65.232.103
 61.46.39.8
 62.48.228.177
 64.40.45.35
 80.47.91.85
 81.243.130.99
 82.225.70.53
 82.245.164.51
 82.66.164.31
 84.5.55.219
 85.89.32.89
 85.97.200.99
 85.98.44.50
 86.195.236.128

I have their IP addresses so I know their ISPs. With a little digging I could find out everything I need to know about these people. As an example, a simple rDNS on the IP above (212.159.84.90) tells me his ISP is good ol’ plus.net, and his username is hamza. Heh. No comment :) I’ve reported him already. I’ll report the rest too.

The important point is this – if you are using Shares on your Windows computer and it’s attatched to your DSL line, check your settings, otherwise you might be sharing your files with more people than you think! Don’t just think that just because the Windows “Filewall” in XP is turned on, it’s doing it all for you, ok? Better still, use Linux :)

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