[Community-Discuss] [afnog] Updates on the misappropriation of IPv4 resources

Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at tristatelogic.com
Wed Dec 23 01:21:30 UTC 2020

In message <MP9iGyd--3-2 at tuta.io>, libren at tuta.io wrote:

>Ronald F Guilmette are you a real person or using some fake name?

I am a real person and this is my real name.

Who are YOU? An what is YOUR real name?

>You are like ghost on internet.Do you have any linkedin profile or company?

That is correct. I am indeed a "ghost" as regards to social media. And
that is certainly by intent.

Unlike most people these days, I have always been concerned with my
personal privacy, and thus, unlike most people these days, I have
elected NOT to splatter out my entire life story onto the Internet
for people I don't know to snoop on.

If anyone wants to know anything about me, they can ask me.

>I am wondering if you are not LIR or member of Afrinic then why are you even

>part of this community mailing list or why you are taking so much interest

>in community mailing list?

I am so glad you asked.

Here in the United States, there has been a long running TV ad campaign
that promotes tourism to the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. The tag line
contained in each of these TV commericals is well known here... "What
happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." (The idea being sold is that people
can go to Las Vegas, act crazy, and tnen go back to their hometowns
without anyone there knowing about their crazy behavior in "Vegas".)

Unfortunately, what happens in the African part of the Internet most
definitely DOES NOT stay just in the African part of the Internet. It
spills out and affects me here, 10,000+ miles and entire oceans away.

Such is the nature of the Internet, in case you are not aware.

It has REPEATEDLY been the case that stolen or squatted AFRINIC administered
IPv4 address blocks have been used, both to spam me and to try to hack me,
and also and likewise, probably hundreds of millions more Internet users,
all around the world.

I am not amused. And thus, whether I like it or not, I have been effectively
-foerced- to pay attention to the crap coming out of "African" IP address

I sincerly wish it were otherwise. And I wish that AFRINIC would clean
up all of this crap, once and for all, and stop allowing crooks from
Israel, the Netherlands, India, and the U.S. to make Africans all appear
to be either corrupt or incompetent or both. (I know this is not the
case, but I am still looking for the Africans who will stand up for
principal and not allow non-African foreigners to effectively defecate
all over AFRINIC and its global reputation.)

I started publicly reporting on the skulduggery taking place within the
AFRINIC region in the summer of 2016. I have now been waiting for nearly
four and half years for someone with guts to step forward, do the Right
Thing, and clean up this colossal mess. I am still waiting.

>There are thousands of members in this list you are just spamming everyone

>with your findings.

Others may disagree.

>Who cares who is doing what? This is something between Afrinic and its members.

See above. It is *not* just between Afrinic and its members. What happens
in Africa DOES NOT stay within Africa.

The incompetence and corruption within AFRINIC has allowed an entire planet's
worth of Internet users... several billion people... to get repeatedly
hacked and spammed. And it is still doing so even as we speak.

Who exactly has an interest in preserving that unfortnate status quo?

You, apparently.

Which brings me back to the question I raised above... Who are you really?


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