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

Alan Barrett alan.barrett at
Fri Nov 18 07:29:12 UTC 2016

> On 18 Nov 2016, at 10:29, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at> wrote:
> I dimly remembered that -somebody-
> had said something to me about some special option I needed to use, just
> to get useful data out of the AFRINIC WHOIS server, but then I got busy
> and distracted working on other things, forgot what the magic option
> was, and then, when I tried to find out again what the secret option
> was, I went to the web and tried to find it on this page:
> and I could not find it on there anywhere, so I just gave up and assumed
> that even if there was some secret option to get real and complete data,
> it was being hidden so that mere mortals couldn't find it or use it.

It’s definitely a bug that the -B option is not documented on that page.  We’ll get that fixed.

I will also initiate a discussion on whether the filtering by default is necessary or useful.

Alan Barrett

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