Hijacked IP space.
chucklist at forest.net
Mon Nov 3 20:56:11 UTC 2003
Sorry, to interrupt any off-topic rambles, but I had a client call
last week who had just had some telephone abuse heaped on them, by
somebody accusing them of spamming. It turns out our client had a
netblock assigned to them back in the mid-90's. They used to put on
networking trade shows, and used the space for making show networks.
They haven't put on a networking trade show (with a public network)
since about 1997.
Of course to complicate the matter, the sole contact listed in whois
no longer works there.
I informed our client how to remove their name from the whois record
and relinquish the netblock back to ARIN, which I hope they are doing
I also have (at the suggestion of some research through the nanog
archives) submitted the netblock to the completewhois site.
[I have no interest in commenting on the current inane OT nanog
thread about that subject, so don't even try me.]
Mr. Thomas' cymru.com service was offline when I tried to contact it
last week (he replied via email about an outage... sorry to hear...
coffee will get there eventually. Order put to the roaster today. -
hang in there.)
Of course I have no hard data, other than my client's phone call
about another phone call, so I can't query based on a timestamp to
see where this was being announced from. It appears to vanished, and
has remained so according to my casual glances here and there.
The netblock in question is:
So, my question is: Other than the above, and mentioning it here, is
there anything else *I* can do to assist my client? Especially since
I am not at all directly related to this netblock in any way.
Additionally, it would not hurt to know if anyone here *does* know
when or where the announcement came from.
The client in question are good folks, and I hate to see their
reputation tainted by the actions of others.
--chuck goolsbee, digital.forest
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