4 ways to get the IP address of the Victim or another Computer:
1. Using PHP notification Script
2. Using Blogs and
3. Using Read Notify service
4. Sniffing during Gmail and yahoo chat sessions
As we are here to learn concepts so i will first explain what is an IP address and what’s its importance. So friends very basic question What is an IP address? Why its important for hackers and security professionals?
What is an IP address?
Basically IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique numerical value that is assigned to any computer or printer on a computer network that uses an internet protocol for communication purpose. Protocol is basically rules( for Network its rules for communication).
IP address serves for two basic purposes:
1. Host or network interface identification
2. Location Addressing
For exploring more about IP addressing read on wikipedia.
1. Using Blogs and Websites
This method is for those who have their blogs or websites. Normal users can also do this as blog is free to make. Make a new blog and use any stats service like histats or any other stats widget. Just add a new widget and put histats code there and save template. And send the link of your blog to your friend and get his IP.
2. Using Read Notify service
This is an email based service. Steps to use Read Notify service:
a. First open the Read Notify website : RCPT
b. Now register on this website and then it will send you confirmation mail. Verify your account.
c. Once your account is activated.
Do the following steps use this service:
Compose your email just like you usually would in your own email or web email program
Type: .readnotify.com on the end of your recipients email address (don’t worry, that gets removed before your recipients receive the email). Like this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your email
Some things to remember:
Don’t send to and from the same computer
If your email program ‘auto-completes’ email addresses from your address book, you’ll need to
keep typing over the top of the auto-completed one to add the .readnotify.com
If you are cc-ing your email to other readers, you must add tracking to all of them
3. Sniffing Yahoo and Gmail Chat sessions
With the help of Sniffers like ethereal, wireshark etc we can sniff the Gmail, and yahoo chat sessions while we are chatiing to any our friend and extract the IP address from there. I will explain this trick in detail in my next article as its a long article in itself.
4. Bonus Method for Online Gamers
We can also get the IP address from online games like counter strike, age of empires in Game ranger etc.. Many counter strike servers use amx mode. Just view which people are connecting and whats their IP addess as plugins show the IP address of people connecting to the game server. If you have more access to counter strike server you can use status command in console. Just go to console and type “status”(without quotes) and press enter there you can see all players details his steam ID and much more depending upon server. Now you have IP address