Anyone notice strange announcements for

Paul Stewart pstewart at
Mon Jan 12 22:42:44 UTC 2009

For us, it was annoying - we look for prefix hijackings or what appear
to be.  In this case it was a false alarm but one that consumed NOC
resources to troubleshoot and resolve... later to find out it was an
"academic test" and nothing was really going on.


-----Original Message-----
From: Christian Koch [mailto:christian at] 
Sent: January 12, 2009 5:34 PM
To: NANOG list
Subject: Re: Anyone notice strange announcements for

> ] part of the experiment is to measure the difference between the
> ] of nanog mail lorenzo drew in 2005 by pre-announcing with the amount
> ] get in 2009 while not pre-announcing.  :)
> This statement is an admission that he set out to annoy people,
> annoy them enough they would complain on a  public mailing list.
> More over, I can't see how any researcher could use "the amount of
> nanog mail" as a valid indicator of anything.  It has as much to
> do with how many engineers are bored on a given day as it does with
> the severity of the problem.
> So the goal of this research seemed to be to see how many people
> the researchers could panic, and then see how 10,000 people reacted
> to the panic.  Sounds a lot like yelling "fire" in a crowded movie
> house just to "research" what the results might be, and then measuring
> success by the number of words in the article on the front page of
> the paper, or perhaps the number of people trampled to death, or
> both.

maybe not so much annoy people, rather see how many people actually
the announcements and were aware that their AS was being used as an
origin in the path



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