As a website owner, is it possible to trace the real IP of the user of a VPN?

A VPN protects people but I can't imagine there isn't a way to find out who is actually behind a VPN, or am I wrong?

  • Ask them for their IP address! </tongue-in-cheek> Nov 13 '14 at 16:50

Yes, you get the operator of the VPN to tell you, which may require a court order. Most (but not all) VPN operators keep those records.

  • But then, how do I find out who the operator of the VPN is? Nov 13 '14 at 16:53
  • You can find out who owns the IP address that's in your logs, for example by using whois.net's IP address lookup at tools.whois.net/whoisbyip
    – Mike Scott
    Nov 13 '14 at 16:58

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