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It's not at all uncommon for random attacks to reach our computers and try to break in. That's why a firewall is needed.
Hi Leo, I have two Russian IP addresses constantly trying to hack my computer. My question is, I have their IP address, to whom do I report this? It's driving me crazy and freezes my computer every time they do it. Thankfully, Norton catches it.
You're in good shape then.
What you're seeing is extremely common, and one of the reasons that folks like me are constantly telling everyone to use a firewall.
Sounds like Norton's doing that for you.
I'll review what's happening, what you can do, and what you should do.
Some term this "Internet Background Radiation" - essentially there's a constant stream of traffic on the internet from various computers, including:
computers that are infected with a virus that's attempting to spread
hackers, typically driving an army of computers, attempting to gain access to other computers
The way they do this is very simple: they just reach out to every possible IP address and try to exploit known vulnerabilities.
If you're seeing this, it's just your turn to be a target.
It's extremely unlikely that the computers at the other end are trying to hack you specifically; they likely have no idea who you are. They're just running through IP addresses, have found a computer that exists at one of those IP addresses, and are now trying to break in using known vulnerabilities.
A lot of people want to report these intrusion attempts to someone.
The problem? There's no one to report them to.
And even if there were, the fact that you're being attacked and even that the attack is from specific IP addresses in Russia is so common and "old news" that there's little that could or would be done.
For the record, it's not just Russia - these kind of attacks are coming from computers all over the world. Heck, it could just as easily be your neighbor's computer if infected with malware.
One thing you said bothers me: that it freezes your computer every time.
If it's literally freezing your entire computer so that you have to reboot, then something is wrong - perhaps you are vulnerable to one or more of the attacks. I'd make sure you were properly protected and that all your software is up to date with the latest security patches.
If by "freezing" you mean that Norton simply pops up and tells you of the attack - well, that's probably something you should be able to configure in Norton somewhere. You don't need to be warned of every attack like this as long Norton stops it.
However, I have a much better idea.
Get a router.
A common and inexpensive router acts as a firewall to stop these kinds of things cold. The attack never reaches your computer. Norton, if you choose to leave its firewall enabled, would never interrupt you because the attack would never get past the router.
Even if you have only one computer I recommend getting an inexpensive broadband router, simply to use it as a firewall.
The Russians, or whomever else might come along with this type of attack, simply won't reach your computer at all.
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