Good day everyone. I have a problem. I'd love some help. First, please, honor the T&C and don't get my thread killed. This is a very serious problem
and it's on-going. I need some help.
(Talking about HOW to do what I am trying to prevent being done TO me is the T&C line as I read it)
I'll be the first to admit, it's a bit beyond 1st semester 101 courses on net sec. I can experiment for weeks while IN a hostile environment with
ongoing attacks...but I'd sure like advice to short cut the trial and error of dozens of programs.
My net's been VERY slow at times but then normal (20mbs down 1-2mbs up) at other times. This results in everything from dropped letters in typing
from buffering lag to losing an entire thread post (that's happened twice now. 6000+ char threads which never got re-written thanks to this).
Now I've replaced my cabling. I have Cat-6 running from modem to a Cisco 4500 router (Classic Firmware...NOT Cloud Connect) I have Cat 6 running from
the router to one computer next to it and VOIP. I then have a 50ft run of Cat 5e to bring my system online. All twisted and shielded. (I spent it so I
didn't have to wonder about it and it's all new within the past couple days.)
I had another Linksys WRT-54gs sub-netting my backroom but that was pulled awhile ago when the troubles started, KISS first in diagnosis, right?
Now this could be one of those "It depends" moments in comp tech support but for two things.
, my friend and neighbor across the way is experiencing the same symptoms for slowdown in the same patterns. Day and night make little
difference and we both share odd hours running the whole clock. I have Cable while he has DSL.
, I have an Alfa antenna that is..lets be real, marketed was a war dialer and hacker antenna, among other things. I can do a wide range
of things at a LONG RANGE. So, for instance, I saw a few days ago where a whole RACK of equipment came online somewhere very close to me. As
in....hitting my signal meters JUST a bit below my OWN router across the house. These were up with default naming and consecutive numbers. (Even
intelligent people can be real stupid sometimes). That tells me I just had someone ...in this 100% residential neighborhood of mostly rental homes
.... go downright advanced with something and no good reason by seeing the nature of people THAT close to my house..
At around the same time, I came in late the other night to find my Alfa running (indicator light and net graph) like no one's business. I physically
yanked the plug from the start that gave me.
I'm using WPA2/AES Sec on the router with a VERY long Alpha-Numeric, mixed case and symbol pass. Brute hacking is absurd. So is phishing or physical
compromise since no one is left alone in the room the network equipment is for other reasons. Ditto with our own machines when someone is over.
And yet..... I'm back in dial-up days the same as someone else in close physical area on a totally different provider and nothing I've done here
should leave anything open in an obvious or easily exploited way.
Help! What s/w do I use or what would the best method be to trap myself a hacker long enough to trap information I can backtrack and confirm the
source of this? I have a good feeling I know which house that rack come online with and it's a bunch of kids. Sometimes the worst thing with
I don't really care for getting them in trouble though. They can go hack God in Heaven for all I care...if I can make MY OWN
equipment sour enough a prize to leave alone.
So, any ideas? Suggestions? Maybe others can benefit from whatever comes up here?