The IP address gives the attacker’s Internet address. The numerical address like does not reveal much. You can use PING to convert the address into a domain name in WINDOWS: The Domain Name Service (DNS) protocol reveals the matching domain name.PING stands for “Packet Internet Groper” and is delivered with practically every Internet compatible system, including all current Windows versions. Make sure you are logged on to the net. Open the DOS shell and enter the following PING command:

Ping–a: Ping will search the domain name and reveal it. You will often have information on the provider the attacker uses e.g.: Pinging is normally the first step involved in hacking the target. Ping uses ICMP (Internet Control Messaging Protocol) to determine whether the target host is reachable or not. Ping sends out ICMP Echo packets to the target host, if the target host is alive it would respond back with ICMP Echo reply packets.All the versions of Windows also contain the ping tool. To ping a remote host follow the required procedure. Click Start and then click Run. Now type ping (For example: ping This means that the attacker logged on using Unfortunately, there are several IP addresses that cannot be converted into domain names. For more parameter that could be used with the ping command.

Tracert: Tracert is another interesting tool available to find more interesting information about a remote host. Tracert also uses ICMP. Tracert helps you to find out some information about the systems involved in sending data (packets) from source to destination. To perform a tracert follow the procedure below. Tracer connects to the computer whose IP has been entered and reveals all stations starting from your Internet connection. Both the IP address as well as the domain name (if available) is displayed. If PING cannot reveal a name, Traceroute will possibly deliver the name of the last or second last station to the attacker, which may enable conclusions concerning the name of the provider used by the attacker and the region from which the attacks are coming. Go to DOS prompt and type tracert (For example: tracert But there are some tools available like Visual Traceroute which help you even to find the geographical location of the routers involved.

Port Scanning: After you have determined that your target system is alive the next important step would be to perform a port scan on the target system. There are a wide range of port scanners available for free. But many of them uses outdated techniques for port scanning which could be easily recognized by the network administrator. Personally I like to use Nmap ( which has a wide range of options. You can download the NmapWin and its source code from: Apart from port scanning Nmap is capable of identifying the Operating system being used, Version numbers of various services running, firewalls being used and a lot more.

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