"Defensive" BGP hijacking?
blake at ispn.net
Mon Sep 12 16:20:25 UTC 2016
Scott Weeks wrote on 9/12/2016 11:08 AM:
> From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at nanog.org> on behalf
> of Blake Hudson <blake at ispn.net>
> My suggestion is that BackConnect/Bryant Townsend should have their ASN
> revoked for fraudulently announcing another organization's address
> space. They are not law enforcement, they did not have a warrant or
> judicial oversight, they were not in immediate mortal peril, etc, etc.
> Are the RIRs the internet police?
ARIN has policies against fraudulently obtaining resources and has
policies for revoking said resources. One could argue that announcing
another org's IP resources without authorization is fraud and that said
ip resources were fraudulently obtained during the time they were
announced by BlackConnect. That said, this ASN was obtained through RIPE
(despite the person/company being located in Calfornia, USA) and I did
not see any RIPE policies related to fraud.
My thought is that if Mr Townsend shows disregard for the stability of
the internet by hijacking other's IP space, he should not be allowed to
participate. There are comments to the Kreb's article indicating that
this was not an isolated incident by Mr Townsend and instead represents
one event in a pattern of behavior.
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