[anti-abuse-wg] RIPE Charter, and some strange allocations
Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at tristatelogic.com
Tue Sep 28 01:46:00 CEST 2010
Greetings all, I feel sure that someone will tell me if this is an inappropriate quetion for this mailing list. But since it seems to relate to "abuse", I'm not sure why it would be. I was just reading the RIPE Charter at: http://www.ripe.net/info/ncc/ncc-charter.html and I see that it pretty much conforms with my expectations, i.e. that RIPE's is an organization chartered to: ``...provides services to European Internet Service Providers, telecommunications, and large enterprises in the RIPE NCC service region.'' I just need to ask if the country of Belize is within the RIPE service region. (The last time I looked at a map, it didn't seem to be very close to Europe.) I'm only asking because of AS50877 and also the IP block 18.104.22.168/22, both of which seem to have been issued by RIPE, and both of which seem to have been issued, in the first instance, to: org-name: InstantExchanger Ltd. address: Morning Glory St. 23 address: Belize City address: Belize phone: +501234565301 fax-no: +501234565302 abuse-mailbox: abuse at instant-exchanger.com I should say that I certainly _do_ understand that sometimes, companies move, e.g. from continent to continent, and/or open remote field offices in different RiR regions, but I've seen nothing in the records for either AS50877 or the "INSTANTEXCHANGER-NET" network (22.214.171.124/22) that would indicate that these RIPE allocations (one AS and one netblock) were anything other than initial/original allocations. So I can't help but be puzzled. Is there a rational explanation for these allocations? Continental drift perhaps? Regards, rfg P.S. I wouldn't even be asking about all this, here or elsewhere, but there most assuredly _was_ a snowshoe spamming operation operating out of that block until recently. P.P.S The two domains that were formerly most closely associated with this AS and this IP address block (126.96.36.199/22) were instant-exchanger.com and instant-dns.com. The former... which is also the one and only contact address for the AS and the IP block, has Status: clientHold as per the applicable domain name registrar, and thus, there's not even a working contact e-mail for either the AS or the iP block at this time. The other domain, instant-dns.com meanwhile, apparently has no nameservers at the present time, thus rendering it effectively non-existant. In a situation such as this, will RIPE de-register and/or take back the ASN and/or the 188.8.131.52/22 allocation?