tracing IP adress of website posts

July 30, 2009 at 23:58:20
Specs: Windows XP
is there a way to trace the IP adress of people posting messages on a news website

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#1
July 31, 2009 at 03:24:17
No, not without the assistance of whoever owns the web site. They can if you give then sufficient reason to spend the time searching their logs.

Stuart


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#2
July 31, 2009 at 04:01:36
thanks Stuart ...assuming they allow us access to their logs what should we then look for so as to get the IP address for the people who have posted comments

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#3
July 31, 2009 at 04:27:39
What do you mean what should you look for? The ip address obviously lol

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#4
July 31, 2009 at 04:58:58
.. assuming they allow us access to their logs

Don't waste your time - It will never happen without a court order.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
July 31, 2009 at 05:25:58
Quite! You are not going to get access to the logs. You have obviously never seen a web site log. They are huge, so huge that most web site owners only maintain them for a short period otherwise they would soon run out of starage space. As for what to look for, only the web site owner would know that as they are all different depending on the system the web site runs on.

Even if you got the IP address, what would you do with it. It is not going to tell you much except at best the state or town the user comes from. To get more information you need to contact the ISP/Organisation that owns the IP address and that would need another court order.

Stuart


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#6
September 3, 2009 at 02:31:25
Stuart..

Let's continue on your comment re the logs of the ISP. If I understand this correct (not talking about e-mail)
1. your ISP assigns a IP address to you once you log onto the internet
2. say you have a ADSL line which is registered to your landlord.
3. how do you prove that "my" computer connected to that line and was on the internet at that time?
is their logs on my computer to show that?

Hope I make sense.


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#7
September 3, 2009 at 02:56:30
The logs that the ISP maintains are the one that are used. Every time anyone logs on or logs off it makes an entry in ISPs log on the ISPs computer. This is the one that rquires a court ourder for law enforecment agencies to get a look at.

In most countries ISP are compelled to maintian these logs and besies it is common sence the ISPs will maintian them for their own protection.

Stuart


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#8
September 3, 2009 at 06:32:04
Thank you for that.

Last question. Does your computer keep a record of those ip addresses assigned to to?

what i want to know is if you have multiple users of a adsl line.. how can you connect a specific computer to connecting to that isp?


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#9
September 3, 2009 at 06:53:11
Do you mean incoming or outgoing connections.

With outgoing connections it is straight forward, It is the modem/router that does all the work. For incoming connection you use port forwarding in the router to forwrd incoming requests to a particular computer which must be configure to accept it.

Computer dont keep a record of IP addresses it has used unless you tell it to.

If you are asking if the ISP know which particluar computer is connected then for the most part, they cant but there are circumstances where they can tell. Depends on what you are doing. Web masters can tell via their log on scripts.

Stuart


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