Reply to Sean Donelan (was: Yet more hijacked space? -

Frank Louwers frank at
Tue May 6 09:26:55 UTC 2003

On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 10:20:24AM +0100, Michael.Dillon at wrote:
> >But it doesn't answer the basic questions.  How do you tell the 
> difference
> >between a legitimate change and an illegitmate change?  If ARIN makes it
> >extremely difficult to update registry records, the records will get even
> >more out of date.  On the other hand if ARIN makes it too easy to update
> >registry records, the wrong people can make unauthorized changes.
> That's a good question, Sean. However there is another way. ARIN and the 
> other RIRs need to stop publishing the whois directories as they stand 
> today. There is no good reason for publishing most of the information that 
> they do publish. 

Well, I was a bit amased by the latest ARIN whois debate here. As far as
I can tell, the RIPE db is much more up to date, and (and this is
important) lists the date and emailaddress of all the changes to the
objects ... So where your comments might be a GoodThing(tm) for ARIN, I
don't think many Europeans have such issues with the RIPE db.

Kind Regards,
Frank Louwers

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