Think I'm being stalked...

Discussion in 'Bullies and Stalkers' started by TXB562, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. TXB562

    TXB562 New Member

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    Hello,
    Completely new to Webslueths. I joined in all honesty because I had heard on a podcast that individuals on this site were able to track an IP address and use this information as well as other information posted to help catch a killer. While not nearly as interesting, I have had various accounts hacked over the past few months, and I have an IP address. The police told me after I filed my complaint that because its so frequent of a crime, they don't bother to do anything about it because it would take up too much of their resources. Without being able to pinpoint the owner of the IP, I can't know one way or the other regarding who is carrying out these hacks. Any help or information that could be provided would be amazing. I'm really at a loss here of what else to do.
     
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  2. Grouse

    Grouse Well-Known Member

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    Hi, sorry to hear about the problems you've had.

    You could try this link Comprehensive IP address data, IP geolocation API and database - IPInfo.io . Initially it will display information about your own IP address. If you then enter the IP address you wish to check out it should display information about that. Please note it's not going to be exact with respect to the city etc, and also a lot of cyber criminals do use technology to fake/hide their true IP addresses completely, but it might give you something to go on.

    Good luck.
     
  3. BriarRose7

    BriarRose7 New Member

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    How were you able to obtain an IP address?
     
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  4. PingTheRouter

    PingTheRouter Ghetto Superstar

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    i am sorry you are having these issues, change your passwords frequently and use unique passwords for each site you use, also use something like a password manager to keep track of it all and enable 2 factor authentication with a cell phone as your back up device

    now on to the nuts and bolts

    the biggest misunderstanding with IP addresses is that if you have one of someone you are interested in tracking that this is sure fire way of identifying the person behind it

    unfortunately this isn't true, an IP address is just a set of numbers issued to a device to be able to connect to the internet ( its actual a set of numbers given to a device to talk to each other / connect with each other, in its basic form )

    there are also different types of IP addresses, different blocks of IP addresses, some have different uses and some are for special things ( like certain ISPs will have a block range of ip addresses), some are internal and some are external facing

    the other issue you have with IP Addresses is that if someone is going to the effort of hacking you, most likely they are not in your country ( most attacks come from places like Pakistan or Russia ) and possibly using a VPN or secured network to obscure their actual IP address

    as you can see with just a few sentences iv written showing you how hard it is to narrow down just 1 IP address to someone's identity, you can try using reverse IP lookups and things like that but they don't always tell the whole story and you might end up angry or reporting the wrong person
     
  5. Gibbo214

    Gibbo214 Well-Known Member

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    My hacker who also had my phone number was from Egypt. I dropped the ISP that I was using and went with a new one. I dont know if that was what worked, but it stopped.
     
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  6. PingTheRouter

    PingTheRouter Ghetto Superstar

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    it sounds like most likely a site you had signed up for has had a data breech and this is where the information has come from

    changing ISP probably does help a little but you could have asked your ISP for a new static IP or asked for dynamic IP ( changes each time you log on )

    my advice would still be the same, change everything.. go through every site you are a member of and change the password, download a password manager ( they have apps for phones as well) and enable 2 factor authentication if the sites allow it and tie it to your cell phone number, this way if you are hacked you will get an sms and you'll be able to recover the account quickly, have a second gmail account set up and use it as your recovery email for your primary email account ( this way if your email is compromised you have a second way to recover the account besides 2 factor authentication )

    always always always use a different password for your primary email and facebook this way if a hacker gets in to one of your accounts they can't get to your email and use the password reset form to take over your accounts
     
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    Grouse Well-Known Member

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    How does that help, getting a new IP address? Are you talking about hacking online accounts or hacking a home network?
     
  8. Eloise

    Eloise Well-Known Member

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    I think you need to check haveibeenpwned.com (yes it sounds silly but it's a very legit site) - have a look and see if there's been a data breach and your data might be floating around on the internet. If you use Firefox, its password manager can also tell you which of your logins have been breached in a known data breach.
    It's a very common thing. It's happened to me and many people I know. All you need to do is change passwords and maybe even the email you use to log in to places.
     
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  9. PingTheRouter

    PingTheRouter Ghetto Superstar

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    if somehow the hacker was able to monitor her IP and her usage ( probably not possible the tracing would have stopped at a ISP data center and not on her device or home router)

    if the OP changed IP it may have gone dark

    but not really a tactic used a lot, sounds more like details were compromised in a data breech and now the information is out there hackers are trying to get in to a variety of the OP's accounts
     
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  10. Grouse

    Grouse Well-Known Member

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    Yeah sounded more like an online data breech to me. Was interested in what you were thinking regarding changing the local IP address though. So someone monitoring her traffic on the net as opposed to trying to hack her home network I think you mean?
     
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    PingTheRouter Ghetto Superstar

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    Right because when you go through an ISP most of the time without allowing the connection somehow ( malware, virus etc ) it would be difficult just to make an IP you've found and gain access, you are going to hit the ISPs data centre before you got to the actual home network
     
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  12. TXB562

    TXB562 New Member

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    Thanks for reaching out! My main concern is that I'm currently involved in civil litigation, and I think that the data accessed was from someone on the other side. Like I mentioned, I have their IP address, but Idk how to find out who owns it or anything and the police just .. don't care..
     
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    When the breach occurred, one of the accounts recorded the IP that was used.
     
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    TXB562 New Member

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    That definitely complicates things.. I'm concerned because I honestly believe that the people who hacked me were involved in this lawsuit I'm currently involved in.
     
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    Grouse Well-Known Member

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    Ok well as well as the link I posted above try entering the address here and you might get more information eg if it belongs to a corporate body Network-Tools.com: Ping, Traceroute, WHOIS & More
     
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    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    Welcome to Websleuths,
    BriarRose7

    and
    TXB562 !!
     
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    Have you passed the information on to your legal team?

    jmhoy ymmv lrr
     
  18. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre Well-Known Member

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    We got a new router and everything.
     
  19. TXB562

    TXB562 New Member

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    Yeah, but they're at a stand still at this time. They can try to pressure the police, but the police aren't going to do anything because 'it happens all the time', and they don't have the resources.
     
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    TXB562 New Member

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    Hey, so I tried it out, but i'm not sure what to do with the info or if i'm at the end of the rope in terms of going through those links and getting as much info as I can
     

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