Botnets buying up IPv4 address space

Jimmy Hess mysidia at
Fri Oct 7 23:08:37 UTC 2011

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM, Joly MacFie <joly at> wrote:
> I'd welcome comments as to solutions to this. Or is it just scaremongering?
Probably scaremongering... but it does raise an interesting thought.

It provides another argument why RIRs don't need to abandon justified
need as a mandatory
criteria for transferring addresses to specified recipients out of
fear that  legacy and other
holders will engage in "unofficial" sales and transfers that they
intentionally fail to record via WHOIS.

The legacy holder/unofficial transferror would be putting the
reputation of their entire address block,
and their other allocations at risk;  if the buyer eventually hands
some of the unofficial allocation
to a spammer, either by accident, or intentionally, doesn't matter.

The holder of addresses that unofficially transferred them, could have
some major headaches,
including service-affecting headaches to their network...  just to
sell  spare IP addresses faster for
a few extra bucks;   when there is a legitimate process available
that doesn't have that risk?

> j

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