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  • From: Richard Jimmerson
  • Date: Sat Feb 12 19:16:28 2000

Over the last week, an individual faked mail headers and
successfully changed the email addresses on the POC records 
associated with a handful of Class A records in ARIN's database.
After successfully modifying the POC records, he modified the 
inverse mapping servers listed on those Class A network records.

Once identified, corrections were made to the records in question.

We have spoken with the individual who appeared to have made the 
unauthorized changes, however, he claims to have been hacked himself
and is not responsible for submitting the bogus modification requests.
He said his mailboxes looked fake and utmp entries had been tampered
with on his machine.

Prior to this incident, the ARIN engineering staff had been looking
into adding security mechanisms to our database.  We would like to 
invite the community to discuss possible security mechanisms that may 
be implemented using the following mailing list:

   Database Implementation Working Group

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