One day last week, I went into work and saw an e-mail from the engineer, forwarded from the central computer network administrator. It said there was unusually high activity in our subnet, specifically coming from the IP address of my computer, which violated company network usage policy. It lasted only 15 minutes, but during those 15 minutes I wasn’t in the building and my computer was turned off.
I’m not in any trouble, because both the engineer in question and the company IT guy know I wasn’t there and the computer was off.
Does anybody have any idea what could have been going on there? I don’t have any knowledge of networking or hacking or anything of the sort. What would have been the purpose of someone pretending to have been at my IP address? Did somebody enter in random numbers into their TCP/IP configuration to do something illegal on the company network and it just happened to be my address?
I’d appreciate anyone’s input to just help me understand what happened there.