[Community-Discuss] Small Progress
noah at neo.co.tz
Sat Jan 2 10:06:29 UTC 2021
Don't mind the sock puppets and trolls, like my good friend Nishal
indicated after all its often hard to dispute facts because fact are facts.
Your apparent sidekick :-)
On Fri, 1 Jan 2021, 04:57 Ronald F. Guilmette, <rfg at tristatelogic.com>
> I am pleased to inform you all that there has been at least some minimal
> progress with respect to AFRINIC wrestling back control of many or most
> of the legacy IPv4 blocks that were effectively stolen from their
> rightful owners by Mr. Cohen, Mr. Uerlings, and others.
> Quietly, and without any public fanfare, it appears that AFRINIC staff,
> since around December 19th, have been adding annotations to the WHOIS
> records of many of these stolen blocks to indicate AFRINIC's recognition
> that these blocks were in fact stolen.
> For example, the WHOIS record for the 18.104.22.168/14 block which was stolen
> from the South African national government's in-house IT arm... formerly
> called "Infoplan" and long ago renamed to "SITA"... now contains the
> following annotations:
> remarks: ============REMARK===================
> remarks: The custodianship of this IP prefix is presently
> remarks: deemed to be in dispute. Consequently,
> remarks: no change request pertaining to this particular
> remarks: prefix will be entertained by AFRINIC until the
> remarks: issue is finally resolved between the disputants
> remarks: themselves or by a competent authority.
> remarks: Further, whilst the current holder of the said prefix
> remarks: continues to hold same, AFRINIC shall bear no
> remarks: responsibility whatsoever in relation thereto and
> remarks: disputants are encouraged to resolve the said
> remarks: dispute expeditiously.
> remarks: ============REMARK====================
> The AFRINIC WHOIS history of this block is shown here:
> As anyone can clearly see, the block was originally assigned to "Infoplan"
> in South Africa, even in the AFRINIC records which, in the case of this
> specific block, have been partially "disappeared" via a process that
> AFRINIC has yet to explain.
> Additional records relating to this same block, and which go back even
> further in time... all the way back to January 28, 1994... are readily
> available from ARIN's "WhoWas" historical data service. These even
> earlier historical records also confirm 100% that this block was formally
> assigned to Infoplan (now named SITA) in January, 1994.
> As anyone can also see from the AFRINIC historical records for this block,
> the contact mailing address for this block was changed, on or about
> 2015-01-23, to be an address in the Seychelles Islands. So you have to
> ask yourself: Why would an entity that is part of the South African
> national government suddely relocate itself to the Seychelles Islands?
> Obviously, it wouldn't. That is nonsensical on the face of it. So what
> really happened here?
> There are only two plausible possibilities: Either (a) the block was
> stolen, by messers Cohen, Uerlings, and Byaruhanga, via some clever and
> illicit manipluation of the relevant AFRINIC WHOIS records, or else (b)
> someone within the South African government received some payment in
> exchange for the legitimate rights to this block... either with or without
> the knowledge and consent of the South African government itself.
> Personally, I find the second possibility, (b), to be implausible, not
> because I believe that South African government officials are universally
> immune to a little private bribery, but only because I have personally
> spoken to a number of the other parties and entities that have also and
> likewise had their legacy AFRINIC IPv4 address blocks stolen out from
> under them, for example, the South African commercial metals company known
> as Columbus Stainless (22.214.171.124/16), and also to managers and technical
> people associated with South Africa's state-owned oil company, Sasol,
> which also had its 126.96.36.199/16 block "liberated" from their control,
> temporarily at least, in some still-mysterious way.
> These are just two examples of the several AFRINIC legacy block holders
> that have had their stuff stolen, and that I have personally spoken to
> on multiple occasions. IN ALL CASES, when I was able to make contact
> with the real and legitimate legacy block owners those legitimate owners
> universally expressed astonishment when I informed them that they were
> no longer in control of their own assigned IP address assets. Since my
> initial contacts with these various victim organizations, several of them,
> including the two mentioned above, as well as the City of Cape Town and
> others, have moved swiftly to regain control of what was stolen from them.
> Were insiders at literally ALL of these commercial companies and
> owned organizations bribed to give up company assets to messers Cohen and
> Uerlings? I don't think so. That notion really stretches the bounds of
> That leaves us with possibility (a) which is just that -somehow- the WHOIS
> records were illicitly manipulated in some manner, by some party, so as
> to provide effective control of the blocks to messers Cohen and Uerlings,
> and also to Mr. Abizeid and Mr. Mehta.
> Nonetheless, Mr. Cohen has gone to court, ostensibly to reclaim his rights
> with respect to more than 20 different large AFRINIC legacy blocks, all /16
> or larger, which he claims to have legitimately paid for.
> An honest man has nothing to hide, and Mr. Cohen could clear this all up
> very easily by just showing us all copies of the checks he claims to have
> written in order to purchase all of these 20 or so AFRINIC legacy blocks.
> So far he seems entirely reluctant to do that. It doesn't take a genius
> to figure out why. If he did show us the checks, this entire ludicrous
> and convoluted theft scheme would come crashing down around him, and he
> knows it. (He may have written those checks to his cohort in crime, Mr.
> Uerlings or to one of Mr. Uerlings shell companies, or he may have written
> the checks to Ernest, or to one of Ernest's shell companies, or he may
> even have written the checks to some other and different crooked high-level
> AFRINIC insider who held an even more senior position than Ernest, back in
> the 201-2015 time frame, but he most certainly DID NOT write those checks
> to any of the actual and legitimate legacy blocks owners.)
> Instead of just showing us his payment checks, or even the purchase
> for the IP address assets that he claims to have legitimately "bought",
> Mr. Cohen has instead tried repeatedly and in every way he can think of
> to simply browbeat, harass, and intimidate AFRINIC into submission. His
> delusional rantings here got him banned, so now he has invented multiple
> sock puppet email accounts to circumvent that ban so that he can continue
> his delusional and fact-free public ranting.... as if anybody is at all
> likely to believe anything that either he or his multiple sock puppets
> might say at this point.
> Unfortunately for Mr. Cohen, none of his rather silly attemps to intimidate
> AFRINIC are working, and none of them will work, because there are just too
> many actual and independently verifiable facts on the table at this point.
> But Mr. Cohen has several million reasons ($$$) to hope against hope that
> he can somehow still keep his stolen stuff, so he is motivated to keep on
> trying, even though literally all of the facts are against him. This
> pitiful public spectacle is sad to watch, but like our Mr. Trump here in
> the U.S., Mr. Cohen is in denial, and is simply having trouble emotionally
> processing the fact that he has already lost.
> P.S. I suppose that whoever is administering the AFRINIC mailing lists
> could be doing a somewhat better job of filtering out posting from Cohen's
> various sock puppet free email accounts, but I personally don't mind if
> they don't. Every time he posts to the mailing lists using one of his
> sock puppet identities he simply adds to the already abundant evidence
> that he thinks the rules don't apply to him, and he also adds to the
> equally abundant evidence that he's not an entirely well man.
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