How To Trace A Hacker

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2006
Updated • May 1, 2013

I discovered a nice beginner's tutorial that explains how you can trace people that try to break into your computer system. It covers lots of explanations to questions like "How do these people find their victims" and "What doe the terms TCP/UDP actually mean".

It explains the netstat command which shows all connections to your computer and how to find out which connections may be malicious or dangerous and which are not. After that the tracert command is explained which you can use to trace connections. Finally it gives information on dns, how to lookup an ip and get the host of the connection.

It's a useful tutorial that everyone who has none or only rudimentary knowledge about the discussed topics should read through to get a basic understanding. It does not explain proxies which most hackers nowadays use. A tracert would lead to the proxy but not to the IP address of the hacker.

Here are the most important steps that you need to undertake to trace hackers or other attackers:

  • Open the command line (for instance with the hotkey windows-r, typing cmd and tapping on the enter key), and run the command netstat -a there. This displayed all active connections of your computer. Then run netstat -an so that you get both hostnames and IP addresses.
  • Now that you know the IP address, you can use the tracert command to trace the IP address or hostname from your computer to the computer that is used to make the connection.
  • The information provided here can give you information about the Internet Service Provider or server that the hacker uses. Keep in mind that this can be a proxy server or VPN, or even another hacked computer.

Steps that you can undertake from here are to try and contact the abuse department if it is an IP or server, for instance by trying the email abuse@hostname.


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  1. Nina said on September 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I got hacked on facebook; right now my account is down while they try to find the person who hacked my account! This means war it is rude to attack innocent people; so I am finding out as much as I can about tracing the person who hacked me! Any help would be great! I want to help other from being hacked, a victim. I going to learn as much as I can so this doesn’t happen again and so I can help others as well! You feel stripped when someone does this too you!

  2. Jonathan said on August 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm


    1. Rene said on September 10, 2009 at 2:32 am

      scums they are in deed

  3. nice job people said on April 16, 2009 at 10:03 am

    wow thats wonderful it sound like we all fell for this trick huh damn everybody is having probles finding something i thinkin we all just got nailed nice nice

  4. Martin said on January 20, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    hehe i´am sorry, was in a hurry :P

  5. CeB said on January 20, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    But where is the link to the tutorial? It doesn’t seem to be in the post above.

  6. just that there is no link to it... said on January 20, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    just that there is no link to it…

  7. John said on January 20, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    Sounds like a good article. Where is the link so I can read it?

    btw enjoy your post.


  8. ss said on January 20, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Hmm, no link?

  9. Knuddel said on January 20, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    LoL where it is?

  10. hi said on January 20, 2006 at 11:47 am

    umm, wheres the article?

  11. olivier said on January 20, 2006 at 10:56 am


    am i blind or the url or did you forgot to give the url to this tutorial?

    anyway, great job!

  12. Jeremy said on January 20, 2006 at 10:40 am

    Er, was there meant to be a link to the article?

  13. Maurizio said on January 20, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Where is the link? I am not able to find it…or it’s just me?

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