Security Intelligence [Was: Re: Netblock reassigned from Chile to US ISP...]

JF Mezei jfmezei at
Sun Dec 14 20:48:02 UTC 2008

Quick comment on e-commerce.

Consider that in many/most cases, the merchant will want to capture the
customer's address which is sent along with credit card information for
authorization. Once the merchant has received an authorization, he is
pretty much garanteed to get pad by the credit card company.

So the whole "geolocation" bit is not really necessary because they will
want a real address anyways.

Where geolocation is used is for media companies. If CBS has negotiated
the rights to air a program in the USA, then its web site will be
programmed to only allow USA based IPs to view the on-line version of
that program. In the UK, BBC gets tax revenus from UK citizens, so only
UK IPs are allowed to view the on-line versions of those programs.

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