RIPE NCC Executive Board election

Brielle bruns at
Wed May 13 17:28:42 UTC 2020

Dude, you sound like a rambling loon in this e-mail.

Hate to break it to you, but there's nothing illegal about Spamhaus or 
what it does.  This has been proven in court cases before.

Your supposed 'invention' for IPv4+ has been suggested before many times 
publicly in different variations (like for example, .999), and usually 
laughed at, because it lacks a fundamental understanding of how IPv4 was 
designed and why it was designed that way.

Your anti-spam 'solutions' are just another "ultimate solution to the 
spam problem" that isn't going to work, and that quite a few us of laugh 
at every time someone brings up their own version of it.

Being a former DNSbl maintainer, I've seen e-mails like this hundreds of 
times from people like you.  Some things never change, do they?

On 5/13/2020 7:46 AM, Elad Cohen wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> My apology for not providing an official response to the first "The 
> Ronald Show" that took place here many months ago, I was out of hospital 
> after full anesthesia and it took me months to get back to myself.
> What was done towards me and what being done to me by Ronald is an 
> intentional personal attack against me and I will explain.
> I didn't agree to provide private business documents to the illegal 
> anonymous organization "The Spamhaus Project" that they tried to extort 
> from me - then I found out who are the real people behind the illegal 
> anonymous organization "The Spamhaus Project" - and then they started to 
> attack me (including here on Nanog, with false information, when I was 
> out of hospital and wasn't in the condition to respond to them).
> "The Spamhaus Project" is an illegal anonymous organization according to 
> their own words in their own following presentation:
> They wrote in it that they receive on a regular basis - massive amount 
> of illegaly-obtained privacy data from their contacts in many internet 
> companies and internet organizations - and then they share it in illegal 
> way (without any warrant) with Law Enforcement Agencies - this is the 
> reason that Law Enforcement Agencies are doing nothing regarding the 
> illegal anonymous organization "The Spamhaus Project".
> Ronald Guilmette is the front person of the illegal anonymous 
> organization "The Spamhaus Project".
> ----
> /and that said legal counsel has then
> /
> /proceeded to threaten various officials of the City of Cape Town,
> /
> /South Africa with possible legal action if they do not relinquish
> /
> /to him their rights in and title to the block/
> ----
> This is a complete lie, in order to shame CoCT I will not share their 
> internal correspondences. Anyone interested to know more information can 
> email me directly.
> ----
> /"I am assured that at no time did the City of Cape Town ever sell, 
> trade, or barter away their rights to this valuable IPv4 block"/
> ----
> Ronald is "assured" exactly as he is "assured" that all Dutch people are 
> criminals and all Colombian network oeprators are criminals and all 
> Chicago citizens are criminals according to his statements in the 
> following links:
> Ronald was called an antisemitic and a racist person here on Nanog in 
> the following two links, by people which are not related to me:
> In the first "The Ronald Show" many months ago - Ronald called me in two 
> antisemitic names that are being used to relate to Jews in Shakespeare 
> literature (just like Ronald is relating to Shakespeare in 
> ) - as part of his defamation campaign towards 
> me - none of you raised a voice and not only that but some Nanog 
> subscribers enjoyed his racism and antisemitism (without a single proof 
> against me) as was written here by them (with a popcorn).
> The "source" in "The Spamhaus Project" that supported and pumped Ronald 
> Imagination is the criminal of the anonymous twitter account: 
> , that person according to his own 
> words in his own criminal anonymous twitter account - is a master of 
> cyber influence operations (meaning to influence people without a single 
> proof) - that person is also an employee of the Israeli-based company 
> GeoEdge and they are a direct competitor of a company that used the 
> netblocks that Ronald attacked - not only that but Ronald also attacked 
> another Israeli-based company called Divineworks (here in Nanog) and 
> they are also a direct competitor of the Israeli-based company GeoEdge. 
> What was done here is a cyber influence operation without a single proof 
> because of a business competition.
> That criminal which is a member of 
> "The Spamhaus Project" and pumped Ronald Imagination - is not the only 
> person which is abusing the power of "The Spamhaus Project" for 
> commericial goals, that are many many more people and companies behind 
> the illegal anonymous organization "The Spamhaus Project" which are 
> making profit from it, for example:
> - Vincent Schonau from Open-Xchange (AKA "Vincenet Hanna" of "The 
> Spamhaus Project") that "The Spamhaus Project" is attacking the 
> competitors of Open-Xchange.
> - Laura Atkins from WordToTheWise which is selling a Spamhaus listing 
> removal service (
> Real identities behind "The Spamhaus Project":
> "Mike Anderson" - Michael O'Reirdan (Chairman Emeritus of W3AAWG) and 
> Professor Ross Anderson from Cambridge university (both known as "Mike 
> Anderson" of "The Spamhaus Project")
> "Rob Shultz" - Rob McEwen (
> "Thomas Morrison" - Daniel R. Thomas 
> (
> "Pete Dawes" - Ildiko Pete (
> "Vincent Hanna" -  Vincent Schonau of Open-Xchange 
> (
> "Milly Fawcett" - Kelly Molloy of FarSight Security 
> (
> Among others.
> Companies behind the illegal anonymous organization "The Spamhaus Project":
> ThreatSTOP
> FarSight Security
> Fastly
> Dyn
> Cymru
> Abusix
> Among others.
> Regarding the article that Ronald shared, in it there is clearly written:
> "It must be noted that Cohen is not being accused of any illegal 
> activity in this report."
> But it doesn't change the fact that the article was clearly written only 
> for Ronald to be able to post it and to proceed with the illegal "cyber 
> influence operation" to attack me without a single proof. The article 
> was written by the instruction of the "The Spamhaus Project" mob and 
> then Ronald made this post according to the instruction from "The 
> Spamhaus Project" mob. A coordinated illegal "cyber influence operation" 
> without a single proof.
> Many subscribers of the Nanog list are members of the illegal anonymous 
> organization "The Spamhaus Project" - Ronald Guilmette is just their 
> front clown - expect many of them to jump now and to defame me here 
> without a single proof (because this is how the illegal anonynous 
> organization "The Spamhaus Project" works) - and you can ask them a 
> simple single question - "show us a single proof" - and - "if you cannot 
> show us a single proof then please stop spamming the mailing list".
> Ronald at the end of his post keep spreading lies and writing:
> "less than honorable intent reach for power"
> "to persons with an interest only in what is best for them personally, 
> to the exclusion of all else"
> "Democracy dies in darkness."
> When in reality I invented three new pantets for the best of the whole 
> Internet community and I will work to implement them if I will be elected:
> IPv4+ that will mitigate the "IPv4 Exhaustion" problem and will add more 
> 4,294,967,296‬ IPv4 addresses: (can be implemented with software updates 
> and not all internet hosts in the world will have to be updated - home 
> routers and home modems which are the vast majority of routing equipment 
> in the world - will not need to be updated and will support more 
> 4,294,967,296 IPv4 addresses with IPv4+ )
> Completely mitigating the global email spam problem in a clean and 
> automatic way: (and also mitigating the illegal anonymous organization 
> "The Spamhaus Project")
> Completely mitigating spoofed ip amplification DDoS attacks and spoofed 
> ip traffic with is a source for criminality:
> They ("The Spamhaus Project" mob) wants to keep controlling RIPE and any 
> other internet organizations - I want to liberate RIPE - I want to make 
> sure that that illegal anonymous organization that violates any thing 
> which is sacred in the Interent (freedom, free speech and connectivity) 
> - will have no footprint in RIPE.
> My full agenda can be read here:
> Ronald is afraid from me being elected because he knows that if I will 
> be elected I will put an end to the illgal anonymous organization "The 
> Spamhaus Project" which is intimidating and harassing many organizations 
> and many businesses worldwide.
> Kind Regards,
> Elad
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* NANOG <nanog-bounces at> on behalf of Ronald F. Guilmette 
> <rfg at>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:50 PM
> *To:* nanog at <nanog at>
> *Subject:* RIPE NCC Executive Board election
> Many of you here may be dues-paying members of both ARIN and RIPE.
> Those of you who are may wish to be aware of the fact that there will
> be an election held on (I believe) May 14th, just a day or two from
> now, for three open RIPE NCC Executive Board seats.
> I have it on good authority that one of the candidates running for
> the open RIPE NCC board seats in this election has hired legal
> counsel in South Africa, and that said legal counsel has then
> proceeded to threaten various officials of the City of Cape Town,
> South Africa with possible legal action if they do not relinquish
> to him their rights in and title to the block, a
> block that all historical records, including even ARIN "WhoWas"
> historical records show, clearly and unambiguously, has been
> legally registered to the City of Cape Town for over twenty years.
> (I am assured that at no time did the City of Cape Town ever sell,
> trade, or barter away their rights to this valuable IPv4 block,
> and that they are defending themselves, as best as they can, against
> this attempt to extort them out of their rightful prooperty.)
> Where I come from, this kind of thing is called barratry, but you
> be the judge.
> In any case, prior to the RIPE election, I wanted to let you all
> know these facts about the candidate in question, as well as a
> number of additional startling facts relating to the people who
> nominated this candidate for a RIPE NCC Executive board seat, as
> documented by my friend, South African journalist Jan Vermeulen:
> I could go into more detail about many of the nominators mentioned
> in the above article, but I don't want to make this email too long,
> so I'll await some explict request for that additional info.  For now
> it should suffice to make at least some of the basic facts more widely
> available, a task which is accomplished just by sharing the above link,
> Regards,
> rfg
> P.S.  I have been specifically and explicitly enjoined and constrained
> from posting here anything at all that might smack of being either
> partisan or of an even vaguely "political" nature, and thus, I will
> refrain from doing so.  I would be remiss hoever if I did not at least
> note in passing that history records that in times such as these, when
> people of good character and good intent are, as they rightly should be,
> focused on the health and safety of themselves, their loved ones, and
> their professional collegues, and when the gaze of the world is elsewhere,
> persons of less than honorable intent reach for power and, with unfortunate
> regularity, obtain it.
> I cannot and do not ask that those of you who have been saddled with
> personal or local crises during this sad time turn away from those
> responsibilities to give attention to matters of Internet governance,
> however urgent those may appear at the moment.  For all of us, our first-
> order duty lies nearby, with family, friends, and collegues.  But for
> those of you who still have a few cycles to spare, I do ask that you
> consider carefully the newfound and critical importance of this tool,
> this Internet, in the lives of so many millions, all around the world,
> and the self-evident risks of its governance being handed over, by default
> or otherwise, to persons with an interest only in what is best for them
> personally, to the exclusion of all else.
> P.P.S.  I would be posting this info and the above link also to the
> very relevant RIPE members-discuss mailing list, but as I am not a
> due-paying member of RIPE, I have no ability to do so.  Separately,
> due in no small part to the candidate's own recent and manifest on-list
> transgressions on that very list, that list has recently been switched
> to a heavy-handed moderation, under which, it seems, even discussion of
> the pros and cons of candidates in the upcoming RIPE NCC Executive Board
> election are now categorized as "too controversial" and thus, themselves,
> are now entirely off-limits.
> I cannot help but be reminded of a catch-phrase that I saw somewhere,
> not too long ago:
>                   "Democracy dies in darkness."
>                                    -- anon

Brielle Bruns
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