EMail Hacking

All email communications on the internet are possible by two protocols:

  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) [Port-25]
  • Post Office Protocol (POP) [Port-110]

EMail hacking includes various techniques such as Email Tracing, Email Spoofing, Email Spamming, etc.

— EMail Tracing —
Generally, the path taken by an email while travelling from sender to receiver can be explained by following diagram.

Mail-Path

The most effective and easiest way to trace an email is to analyze it's email headers. This can be done by just viewing the full header of received email. A typical email header looks something like this:

The above email header gives us the following information about it's origin and path:

Sender's email:atiles@destatis.de
Source IP address:141.203.33.92
Source mail server:dsl-189-160-34-89.prod-infinitum.com.mx
Email client:Thunderbird 2.0.0.6
Tips There are many tools available that perform email tracing very effectively and show exact geographical location of the email sender on a world map.
Recommended Tools
NeoTracehttp://www.neotrace.com
VisualRoutehttp://visualroute.visualware.com
E-MailTrackerhttp://www.visualware.com