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

Omo Oaiya Omo.Oaiya at
Fri Nov 18 08:38:28 UTC 2016

> On 18 Nov 2016, at 09:14, Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at> wrote:
>> On 18 Nov 2016, at 11:28, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at> wrote:
>> I do -not- suggest taking back any legacy resources from any legal entity
>> or rightful successor in law where said entity or at least some rightful
>> succssor in law can be located with modest but reasonable due diligence.
>> But neither do I think it a wise practice to bury the dead with all of
>> their Krugerrands, e.g. out of some deranged and misplaced sense of duty
>> to their departed spirits.
> I will initiate an effort to contact legacy resource holders whose space is registered in the AFRINCI database, and verify or update their contact details.  I don’t know what can be done if the original resource holder has disappeared leaving the space abandoned.

What is clearly evident is that a review/audit policy is sorely needed.  I don’t know about Mauritius but abandoned property is generally subject to finders keepers rules or a variation.  I can see no better keeper than the RIR. Perhaps we seek legal advice on this as you try to contact these resource holders.

I am not condoning but couldn’t help noticing the varied response to Ronald Guilmette’s breach of conduct.   If the authors of the proposed policy got as much varied feedback, it would help to make sure the policy fulfils the requirements rather than the distractions with inconsequential fear-mongering posts about witch hunts etc.


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