[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation

Bope Domilongo Christian christianbope at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 20:45:59 UTC 2019

Dear Community at large,

As the community may also, be aware, AFRINIC has attracted some media
coverage relating to suspicious activity in its WHOIS database primarily a
limited section of legacy resources.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to assure both the AFRINIC membership
and the Internet community at large that the Board has conducted some
preliminary assessment of the matter, and would like to let you know that
investigations are progressing well and will be concluded soon, most likely
before or by the end of the year. We cannot reveal much or go into further
details at this stage as we do not want to jeopardise the investigations.
However, you can rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the matter.
At the same time, we want to ensure that the rights of any affected parties
are respected and protected as per the law. All said we are keen to ensure
the interests of AFRINIC members are safeguarded as we seek to maintain
stable, reliable and effective management of Internet resources. Besides,
the AFRINIC WHOIS database remains fully operational with high standards of

Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement and AFRINIC operations
team is currently reviewing some of the long-established processes relating
to the management of Internet resources under AFRINIC's ambit. The team
is already implementing some improvement measures at both the
IT Infrastructure and process level. As usual, the AFRINIC membership will
be appropriately apprised of the developments.

Best regards,
Dr Christian D. Bope
Chairman, AFRINIC Board of Directors
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