GeoIP database issues and the real world consequences

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Apr 12 00:11:58 UTC 2016

> On Apr 11, 2016, at 15:23 , Niels Bakker <niels=nanog at> wrote:
>>> Oh, heck, you know better than that.  You can put in all the flags and warnings you want, but if it returns an address, nitwits will show up at the address with guns.
> * owen at (Owen DeLong) [Tue 12 Apr 2016, 00:02 CEST]:
>> I hear this argument about various things over and over and over again.
>> However, my home address has been published in multiple whois databases since I moved here in 1993.
>> Not once has a nitwit with a gun shown up on my doorstep as a result.
> I think you miss the point.  Your geocoordinates were not mistakenly associated with nigh infinite amounts of internet abuse.  This thread has (mostly) been about wrong information being published, not information being published at all.

I didn’t miss the point, but the specific statement quoted is patently false in both cases (the article itself admits that the vast majority of such “victim” households contacted had not suffered any ill effects).


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