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[AfriNIC-rpd] Updated Version of Abuse Contact Information in the AfriNIC service region now Available Online
Mukom Akong T
tamon at afrinic.net
Thu Mar 17 09:03:19 UTC 2011
The policy proposal "Abuse Contact Information in the AfriNIC service
region" is now available on our website at
A text version of the proposal is included below:
Unique Id: AFPUB-2010-GEN-006-draft-02
Author(s): Tobias Knecht | abusix.org | tk [at] abusix.org
Draft Version: 3
This proposal specifies a dedicated object which shall be used as the
preferred place to publish abuse public contact information within the
AfriNIC service region.
The mentioned object can be referenced in the inetnum, inet6num and
aut-num objects in the AfriNIC Whois Database. It provides a more accurate
and efficient way for abuse reports to reach the correct network contact.
 Summary of current problem:
Network owners increasingly operate dedicated abuse handling
departments, distinct from the basic operations department.
More and more network owners and other institutions are also starting to
exchange data about abusive behavior with each other, to more quickly
allow networks to identify internal abuse, external abuse, and other
Currently within the AfriNIC service region, the abuse reports are sent
to e-mail address specified in the e-mail field, as encouraged on the
AfriNIC website. These addresses are used because the AfriNIC Whois
Database currently has no specialised contact object for abuse
departments. Instead, all abuse reports are sent to contact that is has
broader responsibilities or different responsibilities.
 Situation in other RIRs:
APNIC found consensus on introducing a mandatory IRT Object for all
inet(6)nums and aut-nums
at APNIC 29 in Kuala Lumpur March 4th 2010.
Further information about the APNIC policy proposal can be found at 
An abuse-POC exists for Organizational ID identifiers.
An abuse-c exists for aut-num, inetnum and inet6num objects.
An optional IRT (Incident Response Team) object can be linked to
inetnum and inet6num objects.
 Details of the proposal:
It is proposed that the AfriNIC create a new or uses an already existing
object, which implements the following properties:
(a) A unique reference by inetnum, inet6num and aut-num
(b) Contains 2 email attributes:
(i) "e-mail:" for personal communication
(ii) "abuse-mailbox:" for automatic report handling
The object should be accessible through Whois.
AfriNIC publishes a Best Practice Paper and informs all their members
to encourage them to use the object to publish abuse contact information.
 Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal:
- Networks will be able to supply their own, direct contact
- Abuse complaints will not be sent to the "wrong" contact any more.
- This permits greater administrative and operational flexibility, and
faster abuse handling will be possible.
This object, like all other existing objects, will face the data accuracy
problem. This proposal aims to address the issue of a missing place for
abuse contact information and will not improve data accuracy in the whois
database. Nevertheless it is suggested to AfriNIC to offer a way to receive
reports about not working or not accurate objects. But this is part of
 Effect on AfriNIC members:
There will be no immediate impact.
The only effect is the opportunity to publish a dedicated abuse contact
object and benefit by the advantages.
(1) Finding contacts for an IP address
(2) prop-079: Abuse contact information
(3) Introduction to ARIN's Database
(4) There is no formal documentation on abuse-c in inetnum and inet6num
objects, but for documentation on the abuse-c in ASN records, see
LACNIC Policy Manual (v1.3 - 07/11/2009)
(5) RIPE Abuse Finder Database
*07.04.2010 - Proposal first posted to mailing list.
*03.06.2010 - Proposal fails to reach consensus at AfriNIC-12 in Kigali
- Rwanda, thus returned to the mailing list
*21.09.2010 - Author posts new version to rpd, reference now
*25.11.2010 - Proposal finds consensus during AfriNIC-13 in
Johannesburg, South Africa
*14.01.2011- Staff Comments and Implementation Analysis by AfriNIC is
posted to the mailing list.
*04.03.2011 - Updated copy of the proposal is posted to rpd mailing list
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