Covering their tracks..or trying to..

Since publishing some of the data that I had discovered relating to the hacking and attempted illegal taking of my business data, a few things have suddenly changed.

I noticed that my IP address now resolves to a different place on my Statcounter entry. Earlier this week and for the past month or so it was resolving to Ecchinswell, Powys, United Kingdom (which of course does not exist, the ONLY Ecchinswell in the UK is 6 miles outside of Newbury, Berks), but on the checkout page of my business site it pre-populated the address with Coggeshall, (now I happen to know someone from a previous life who lives in Coggeshall, who also works for BT) and was one of the elements that drew my attention that something was not right.

and the traceroute to the online shop looked like this.

Today, the Statcounter resolves me to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom and the online shop checkout does the same, despite the fact that I live in South Wales. However, a new trace-route to the online shop backend still shows that there are forces at work.

The ‘asymm’ in the right hand column means that the path to the hop and back have been different (asymmetric). This usually happens when there is some link in one direction jammed or the network architecture encourages different paths for the different directions. The number after asymm shows the grade of asymmetry (i.e. how many hops are different). but in this case there is no next hop, the link is still blocked.

Of course that missing link on line 5 is the really interesting bit, as this is probably where the split takes place, so hiding the previous BT entries (and the monitoring & blocking). It’s definitely tied to my home/office network source IP address, because when I connect from elsewhere, as I did this morning, it connects no problem. Oh such tangled webs we weave….

When I couple this with some of the stats, IP addresses and routing that I have gathered before and after these attacks some very interesting patterns begin to emerge.

To be continued…..


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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