Interesting Point of view - Russian police and RIPE accused of aiding RBN

Martin, Paul Paul.Martin at
Sat Oct 24 08:23:16 UTC 2009

So considering they're widely regarded as a criminal network hosting the
more dodgy/dangerous stuff on the net, surely we could 'protect' our
customers by blocking the range?

Consider that can of worms opened :o)


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Lyon [mailto:jeffrey.lyon at] 
Sent: 24 October 2009 08:18
To: Suresh Ramasubramanian
Cc: nanog at
Subject: Re: Interesting Point of view - Russian police and RIPE accused
of aiding RBN

Since we're on the subject, here is where RBN went:

inetnum: -
netname:         AKRINO-NET
descr:           Akrino Inc
country:         VG
org:             ORG-AI38-RIPE
admin-c:         IVM27-RIPE
tech-c:          IVM27-RIPE
status:          ASSIGNED PI
mnt-by:          RIPE-NCC-HM-PI-MNT
mnt-by:          MNT-AKRINO
mnt-lower:       RIPE-NCC-HM-PI-MNT
mnt-routes:      MNT-AKRINO
mnt-domains:     MNT-AKRINO
source:          RIPE # Filtered
organisation:    ORG-AI38-RIPE
org-name:        Akrino Inc
org-type:        OTHER
address:         Akrino Inc.
address:         P.O.Box 146 Trident Chambers
address:         Road Town, Tortola
address:         BVI
e-mail:          noc.akrino at
mnt-ref:         MNT-AKRINO
mnt-by:          MNT-AKRINO
source:          RIPE # Filtered
person:          Igoren V Murzak
address:         Akrino Inc
address:         P.O.Box 146 Trident Chambers
address:         Road Town, Tortola
address:         BVI
phone:           +1 914 5952753
e-mail:          noc.akrino at
nic-hdl:         IVM27-RIPE
mnt-by:          MNT-AKRINO
source:          RIPE # Filtered
% Information related to ''
descr:           AKRINO BLOCK
origin:          AS44571
mnt-by:          MNT-AKRINO
source:          RIPE # Filtered

On Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 3:00 AM, Suresh Ramasubramanian
<ops.lists at> wrote:
> Some quotes from the article -
> Internet registry RIPE NCC turned a blind eye to cybercrime, and
Russian police
> corruption helped the perpetrators get away with it, according to the
> Serious Organised Crime Agency
> [...]
> "RIPE was being paid by RBN for that service, for its IP allocation,"
he said.
> "Essentially what you have - and I make no apologies for saying this
is - if
> you were going to interpret this very harshly RIPE as the IP
allocation body
> was receiving criminal funds and therefore RIPE was involved in money
> laundering offences," said Auld.
> [...]
> "All we could get there was a disruption, we weren't able to get a
> in Russia," admitted Auld. "Our biggest concern is where did RBN go?
> information suggests that RBN is back in business but now pursuing a
> different business model which is bad news."
> [...]
> "Where you have got LIRs (Local Internet Registries) set up to run a
> business- that is criminal actvity being taken by the regional
> registries themselves. "So what we are trying to do is work with them
to make
> internet governance a somewhat less permissive environment for
criminals and
> make it more about protecting consumers and individuals," added Auld.
> RBN looked legitimate, says RIPE NCC
> In response to the comments that it could be accused of being involved
> criminal activity, Paul Rendek, head of external relations and
> at RIPE NCC said that the organisation has very strict guidelines for
> with LIRs.
> "The RBN was accepted as an LIR based on our checklists," he said."
> checklists include the provision of proof that a prospective LIR has
> necessary legal documentation, which proves that a business is bona
> etc

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