How A Hacker Can Actually Reach Your Place

An information from scratch can be used to gather certain information that can be really astonishing. Here in this post I will show you how a person can reach your place if  he/she has your IP address or domain name. Here I will demonstrate using a spam email which deliberately flooded my inbox  from a particular sender and show you how we can reach his house. So lets start….

Disclaimer: This post is actually to aware people about there online privacy rather misuse this trick.

Information Gathering :

  • From the email I got the “Domain Name” and name of the person and used it do the whois. As you all can see I got the address, phone no, fax etc from the image below. You can also use the IP address from the email header to obtain the information.

Whois of the domain name

  • Then I opened Google Maps to find the street view of the above obtained address. As you all can see I reached the street of the person and the desired place is approximately near to it.

Google map image

  • I will show you what more info I got, I used his name,city and country to find info about his family from here as shown below.

  • Then using his name and location in Google search I found his MySpace account as shown below and got to see his face.

Google search result

Countermeasures:

#1 – One should always use “Tor” like anonymous tools while browsing and especially using email accounts.

#2 – Keep the information of your Domain name set to private.

#3 – Keep the information on your Social Networking sites set to private.

#4 – Take care while sharing your Phone no or Fax no with any stranger or unknown website.

This guest article is written by Satyajit Das, Author and Owner of SecurityHunk. He is a 23 years old ethical hacking enthusiast and a part time blogger. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

Do You Ever Really Own A Domain?

Do We Really Own Them?Someone recently asked me if they could take their domain registration over from their web host. Their web host, as with many web hosts, provides free domain registration (something that can save a webmaster $15-$20 a year). They had a concern that their web host was somehow the true owner of the domain, and that they were, well, just squatting there.

The truth is, we’re all just renting our domains. Maybe this sounds philosophical, but it has implications for everyone who has website, even companies like Microsoft. In 2003 the company forgot to renew the UK version of its hotmail domain. An embarrassment to be sure, and a potentially costly one too. Once a domain’s registration lapses, anyone can buy it. And more often than not, the domain is put up for sale. In Microsoft’s case the domain was purchased by someone with the good intention of giving the domain back.

Getting back to the original subject, web hosts register domains on your behalf. So generally (there can be exceptions) there’s very little difference between registering your domain yourself, and having your web host do it for you. The only difference would be the cost, as going the web host registration route usually saves about $20 a year. In fact, even when you register through register.com or tucows, you’re still using a third-party to register the domain. If you do chose to do your own domain registration, give serious consideration to paying extra for domain privacy. This will shield your personal information from prying eyes who want to know who registered the domain….and where they live.

The most important thing is to understand how your web host handles renewal. Is it automatic? Is it free for life, or only for a single year? Reading some good web hosting reviews can answer many of these questions, but it never hurts to read the fine print yourself.