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Re: RIPE Down or DOSed ?

  • From: jlewis
  • Date: Thu Feb 27 22:00:52 2003

On Thu, 27 Feb 2003, Kai Schlichting wrote:

> Secrecy over a public resource = no oversight = facilitator of abuse.
> Why do I get the distinct feeling that this "move" by Level3 is
> aimed not at creating greater customer privacy (it never served
> POC email addresses), or protecting themselves from getting their
> customer base poached by other providers, but at preventing
> people from identifying spamming Level3 customers (of which they
> seem to have 100's) by organization name and being able to
> correlate activity from different netblocks of theirs.

Though I agree, Level3 seems to host a good number of spammers, they're by
no means the only guilty party.  Pulled at random from recent spams I've
submitted to NJABL are,, and  whois yields the following:

NetRange: -
NetName:    WHOLE-2
NetHandle:  NET-69-6-0-0-1
Parent:     NET-69-0-0-0-0
NetType:    Direct Allocation

Where are the swips?  The rest of that record makes no mention of an
rwhois server.  Doing a bunch of whois requests for IPs in that block, I
found only one swip (for a /21).  I realize the ARIN regs don't seem to
require that reassignment info be made available to the public (just to
ARIN), but using your innocent customers (if there are any) as a shield to
hide your spammer customers is just wrong.  Should I block
from sending email into my systems?

 Jon Lewis **|  I route
 System Administrator        |  therefore you are
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