System intrusion in 15 seconds, that’s right it can be done. Ifyou possess certain security flaws your system can be broken into in less that 15 seconds.To begin this chapter I’d like you to do the following. Connect to the Internet using your dial up account if you are on dial up. If you are on dedicated service like High Speed connections (ie,Cable and DSL) then just proceed with the steps below.
1. Start Run
2. Type winipcfg
3. Hit Enter
What you should see is a IP address some what like this (20.03.111.974)
If you use Dial Up Internet Access then you will find your IPaddress under PPP adapter. If you have dedicated access you will find your IP address under another adapter name like (PCIBusmaster, SMC Adapter, etc.) You can see a list by clicking on the down arrow.
Once you have the IP address Note it down .
Again go to run and execute command cmd
Type the following at the Dos Prompt
• Nbtstat –A IP address
For example: nbtstat –A 188.8.131.52
This will give you a read out that looks like this
NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table
Name Type Status
J-1 <00> UNIQUE Registered
WORK <00> GROUP Registered
J-1 <03> UNIQUE Registered
J-1 <20> UNIQUE Registered
WORK <1E> GROUP Registered
WORK <1D> UNIQUE Registered
(Again info has been omitted due to privacy reasons)
The numbers in the <> are hex code values. What we are
interested in is the “Hex Code” number of <20>. If you do not
see a hex code of <20> in the list that’s a good thing. If you do
have a hex code <20> then you may have cause for concern.
Now you’re probably confused about this so I’ll explain.
A hex code of <20> means you have file and printer sharing
turned on. This is how a “hacker” would check to see if you
have “file and printer sharing” turned on. If he/she becomes
aware of the fact that you do have “file and printer sharing”
turned on then they would proceed to attempt to gain access to
(Note: To exit out of the DOS prompt Window, Type Exit
and hit Enter)
I’ll show you now how that information can be used to gain
access to your system.
A potential hacker would do a scan on a range of IP address for
systems with “File and Printer Sharing” turned on. Once they
have encountered a system with sharing turned on the next step
would be to find out what is being shared.
This is how:
Net view \\<insert ip_address here>
Our potential hacker would then get a response that looks
something like this.
Shared resources at \\ip_address
Sharename Type Comment
MY DOCUMENTS Disk
The command was completed successfully.
This shows the hacker that his potential victim has their My
Documents Folder shared and their Temp directory shared. For
the hacker to then get access to those folders his next command
Net use x: \\<insert IP address here>\temp
If all goes well for the hacker, he/she will then get a response of
(The command was completed successfully.)
At this point the hacker now has access to the TEMP directory of
Q. The approximate time it takes for the average hacker to do
R. 15 seconds or less.
Not a lot of time to gain access to your machine is it? How many
of you had “File and Printer Sharing” turned on?
Ladies and Gentlemen: This is called a Netbios attack. If you are
running a home network then the chances are you have file and
printer sharing turned on. This may not be the case for all of you
but I’m sure there is quite a number of you who probably do. If
you are sharing resources please password protect the
Any shared directory you have on your system within your
network will have a hand holding the folder. Which looks like
You can check to find which folders are shared through Windows
• Click On Start
• Scroll Up to Programs
At this point you will see a listing of all the different programs on
Find Windows Explorer and look for any folders that look like the
Once you have found those folders password protect them. Don’t
worry I’ll show you how to accomplish this in Chapter 8 in a
visual step by step instruction format.
Netbios is one of the older forms of system attacks that occur. It
is usually overlooked because most systems are protected
against it. Recently there has been an increase of Netbios
Further on in this manual we shall cover some prevention
methods. For now I wish only to show you the potential security