tom_newton (11th May 2011)
Copyright-investigators would find themselves in severely hot water if they were attempting to bruteforce auth into a server of any type. Scanning IRC / NNTP / Twitter etc is fine - that info is generally open to viewing, or users can specifically sign up to view, but attempting to bruteforce a system is as serious breach of the Computers Misuse as piracy in the first place.
some ftp servers have the option to block an ip if the wrong password is entered x times.
Another angle would be to install Gallery2 or 3 Gallery | Your photos on your website on your machine at home and display the pics / vids in your own website. Gallery is free, has been around for years and is fantastic. Gallery 3 took me 4 mins to setup and you can point it to a directory on your system to display the pics from. Enable the download full size module so your dad can batch download any photos in a zip file.
I think I can shed some light on whats happening.
They will start by using a free app like 'Ping Range' from softpedia and leave the app running on a range of ip's pinging each one on port 21, making a list of the ones that reply. These IP's will then be attacked by brute force attempts to gain access.
Why ? Once they get access, they create a structure of hidden folders (to windows) and store porn, movies, whatever on your ftp server. They will then post the details on a forum for other members to download.
This was rampant when server 2003 was released, since installing the IIs component for a intranet or webserver also installed a ftp with default admin user/pass. And those guys usually had good speed and plenty of storage.
Easiest way to stop all this is to change port, block pings and never use a account with the username 'administrator' or 'admin'. And check your logs often
dhicks (24th May 2011)
not sure if this would be appropriate, however I am a long term user of livedrive.com/?tid=PC8KVD3P
It is an unlimited backup solution that would give you all the features that you are after for about Ł5 per month.
it works by installing their software package on your pc, you can then select the folder/folders that you wish to monitor, and it will in the background back up all the files onto their servers, there is no interaction required by yourself.
you can then give your dad the email address and password to the account and anything that is stored in the folder that you have marked is backed up safely to the web portal for him to view and download as he wishes.
Sorry if this is not what you want but I have been very pleased with it myself and it is also a lot more secure than opening up ports to your computer.
it also backs up all your files securely without you having to worry if the hard drive on your computer dies.
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