Strange Hostname on Private IP Address

Apple Airport express wireless adapter
August 24, 2009 at 20:29:54
Specs: Macintosh
After looking over my firewall logs, I noticed that one
of my private IP address on my home network
(10.0.1.4) has a very strange host name
(cscslt72.cardiacstudycenter.com). At the time that I
noticed this, the IP address was used by an Airport
Express that was joined to the wireless network.

Can someone explain how this name got associated
with a private IP address?

1) how did this happened and 2) is it a security
issue?

Thanks for the help.


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#1
August 24, 2009 at 20:56:38
Hopefully your Airport Express is configured to encrypt e.g. WPA or WPA2.

In addition, if the IP address of your network is e.g. 192.168.x.x and you'll see an IP address of 10.0.1.4, you don't have to worry about it.
This could happen, if someone in your neigborhood also uses wireless network card.
The wireless network cards always looking around and searching for available wireless networks. In AdHoc mode, the card tries to connect to the wireless network with the best signal.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!


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#2
August 24, 2009 at 21:06:31
I use WPA2 and my home network is a "closed" network. So
it's very unlikely that a random person (neighbor) would get on
to my network.

What I don't get is how this IP address (10.0.1.4) which was
associated with an airport express (joined to a network from an
airport extreme base station) could end up with that host name.
Who named it? And why is it named for a website that's some
hospital?


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#3
August 24, 2009 at 21:19:54
This could be a notebook that is normally used in an hospital, where the domain is named cardiacstudycenter.com.
The computer name is cscslt72.
So in a domain the complete name is cscslt72.cardiacstudycenter.com.

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#4
August 24, 2009 at 21:36:19
Ok. So If someone found the closed network (which I know is
rather easy to do) and then discovered my WPA2 password,
I'm still unsure as to why that particular private IP address
(10.0.1.4) was associated with my Airport Express (as opposed
to the laptop that hacked my network).

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