Dealing with abuse complaints to non-existent contacts

David Conrad drc at
Sun Aug 10 21:15:03 UTC 2014

On Aug 10, 2014, at 2:05 PM, Bill Woodcock <woody at> wrote:
>> It would be nice if allocations would be revoked due to invalid/fake contact info.
> That’s been debated many times, in most of the RIRs, and has not resulted in any persistent policies that I remember offhand.  The tide may turn, as it were, if problems get sufficiently bad, at which point these sorts of policies might receive sufficient support to be passed, and stick.

Which, of course, would not actually cause address space to be magically returned to the RIR. The RIRs are not the Internet Police and attempting to use the Whois database as a stick to beat “bad” ISPs will simply result in the Whois database becoming less and less relevant.

What might work would be for the RIRs to annotate registration data records with stuff like "valid/invalid contact information” (accessible programmatically via RDAP) and allow ISPs to build filters based on that annotation.

But yes, this has been debated many times and nothing ever seems to get done.


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