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[rpd] Mass Hijacking of AFRINIC IPv4 Space by U.S.A. Spammers

Leo Vegoda leo.vegoda at
Thu Nov 17 20:58:30 UTC 2016


You might not be aware of it but participation in AFRINIC events and on
AFRINIC mailing lists is subject to a Code of Conduct:

It would be helpful if you could follow the code and treat others with
politeness and respect, and avoid behaviour or remarks that give offence.

Kind regards,

Leo Vegoda

-----Original Message-----
From: Ronald F. Guilmette [mailto:rfg at] 
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:42 PM
To: rpd at
Subject: Re: [rpd] Mass Hijacking of AFRINIC IPv4 Space by U.S.A. Spammers

In message < at>, 
sm+afrinic at wrote:

>Hi Ronald,
>At 11:08 17-11-2016, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
>>I wonder if anybody on this list is even aware of this report which I 
>>posted recently to the NANOG list:
>I read the report.

OK.  Whew!  For awhile there I was starting to worry that the entire African
continent was utterly ignorant of and/or oblivious to anything going on
outside the continent.  I am glad that this is not the case.

So, you read my report on NANOG and then what?  You yawned, rolled over, and
went back to sleep?  Did you mention that it might be worth reading to any
of your Afrinic friends or collegues?

>>Does anybody in the whole of the AFRINIC region even give a damn that 
>>large quantities of unused AFRINIC IPv4 address space are being 
>>hijacked, as we speak, by American snowshoe spammers?
>I did a quick verification.  Most of the IPv4 address space listed in 
>the report is allocated to organizations in one country in this region.
>I don't understand why it is being described as a problem for the 
>entire region.

So, this is your proposed solution??  Blame it all on South Africa and then
everybody else on the whole continent can just ignore the whole thing??

But anyway, the home country of the organizations which had had their IPv4
space used and abused (due to disuse) is irrelevant.  Who issued these
allocations in the first place?  What RIR has responsibility for them?

Does the country of South Africa, or even its government have a
responsibility to be good stewards of the IPv4 address space?

>There is a webpage about spam at 

Gee, thanks.  After fighing spam on the Internet for the last 21 years, I
guess that by now I have some understanding of what it is.


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