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Offline Carolyn

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« on: 06/07/2008 05:35:21 »
Is it possible to find out who an email address belongs to from a free email provider such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 06/07/2008 08:44:05 »
Not for us measly peasants. Security forces can get the information from the service providers under laws that have been passed in recent years. However, you have to remember that you don't have to give correct details to get free email accounts.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 06/07/2008 14:16:58 »
Even if someone has given false details to their free email provider, the computer they use could be traced via its IP number...

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An IP address or IP number (internet protocol address or number) is a unique number that computers use in order to identify and communicate with each other on a network that uses the Internet Protocol standard.
Any participating network device ( routers, computers, time-servers, printers, internet fax machines, and some telephones ) must have its own unique address.

An IP number can also be thought of as a fiscal number, street address or a phone number .
Just as each fiscal number , street address or phone number uniquely identifies a person, building or a telephone, an IP number can uniquely identify a network device on a network.
http://www.ipnumber.eu/ip/
 

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« Reply #3 on: 06/07/2008 15:26:32 »
Thank you Eth and RD.  So could us measly peasants trace it through their IP address or does that have to be done through law enforcement?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 06/07/2008 15:49:19 »
RD - that is true of static IPs, but not dynamic IPs. With most ISPs a new IP is generated each time a user logs on to the net. However, most modern routers are permanently connected (modems aren't) so there are more static IPs these days.
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« Reply #5 on: 06/07/2008 17:22:15 »
Thank you Eth and RD.  So could us measly peasants trace it through their IP address or does that have to be done through law enforcement?

You can find your own IP if you go to dos (command promt) and type in   
ipconfig/all

And typing this you can see what other IP's you are connected to. Like if you send a file over MSN this would make a connection between the two IP's and thats how you can find somebodys IP.

But on hotmail the IP would probably encrypted so you'd have to know about decoding it.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 06/07/2008 18:48:11 »
Thank you Eth and RD.  So could us measly peasants trace it through their IP address or does that have to be done through law enforcement?

You can find your own IP if you go to dos (command promt) and type in  
ipconfig/all

And typing this you can see what other IP's you are connected to. Like if you send a file over MSN this would make a connection between the two IP's and thats how you can find somebodys IP.

But on hotmail the IP would probably encrypted so you'd have to know about decoding it.


So if it's coming from a hotmail account I couldn't track it down without knowing how to decode?

 

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« Last Edit: 06/07/2008 22:24:00 by RD »
 

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« Reply #8 on: 06/07/2008 22:25:28 »
The IP address means little. Just reset your router and it will pick up a new IP address.

The router allocates the IP address for the computers on your network normally.

Its really a Mac address you need.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 07/07/2008 05:57:49 »
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/318719/trace_any_ip_address_or_website/

http://www.ip-adress.com/ipaddresstolocation/

Thanks RD.  I followed the instructions of the video, but it doesn't work for email addresses...only websites, unless I'm doing something wrong.

Crossing my fingers that I'm getting closer to tracking down my anonymous emailer!
 

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« Reply #10 on: 07/07/2008 15:52:01 »

Thanks RD.  I followed the instructions of the video, but it doesn't work for email addresses...only websites, unless I'm doing something wrong.

http://www.ip-adress.com/trace_email/

The IP address may only tell you which country / state the sender is in.
The sender could use a proxy IP address to disguise their true location.

Your email provider may allow you to block unwanted email from a specific sender.
« Last Edit: 07/07/2008 16:06:28 by RD »
 

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« Reply #11 on: 07/07/2008 17:44:49 »
You can sometimes nail the address down to a city from an IP. ISPs are allocated a range of IPs and they tend to use them like 'phone area codes.

If you enter the IP at this site you get the following information:-

IP address   216.32.85.170
Host   host.frih.net
Location    US, United States
City   Dallas, TX 75252
Organization   Layered Technologies
ISP   SAVVIS Communications Corporation
Latitude   3299'88" North
Longitude   9678'31" West
Distance   1379.30 km (857.06 miles)

OrgName:    Savvis
OrgID:      SAVVI-3
Address:    3300 Regency Parkway
City:       Cary
StateProv:  NC
PostalCode: 27511
Country:    US

NetRange:   216.32.0.0 - 216.35.255.255
CIDR:       216.32.0.0/14
NetName:    SAVVIS
NetHandle:  NET-216-32-0-0-1
Parent:     NET-216-0-0-0-0
NetType:    Direct Allocation
NameServer: DNS01.SAVVIS.NET
NameServer: DNS02.SAVVIS.NET
NameServer: DNS03.SAVVIS.NET
NameServer: DNS04.SAVVIS.NET
Comment:   
RegDate:    1998-07-30
Updated:    2007-09-18

OrgAbuseHandle: ABUSE11-ARIN
OrgAbuseName:   Abuse
OrgAbusePhone:  +1-877-393-7878
OrgAbuseEmail:  abuse@savvis.net

OrgNOCHandle: NOC99-ARIN
OrgNOCName:   SAVVIS Support Center
OrgNOCPhone:  + 1-888-638-6771
OrgNOCEmail:  ipnoc@savvis.net
« Last Edit: 07/07/2008 17:49:07 by DoctorBeaver »
 

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« Reply #12 on: 09/07/2008 00:52:13 »
Thanks Turnipsock, RD, Eth and the Herbaholic.  You've all been most helpful!
 

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