[arin-ppml] Fraud or not?
On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:47 AM, Ronald F. Guilmette
<rfg at tristatelogic.com> wrote:
> % whois -h whois.arin.net AS10912
I would suspect that a search formatted like that might only work for
an AS lookup by coincidence.
if AS10912 happens to be exactly the same string of an AS Handle.
Which in this case it's not.
10912 is in a block of AS numbers, and the AS handle's name for
the block that shows
up in the whois result as ASHandle: AS10910.
Many other AS numbers just show ASxxxxxxx as the AS handle string.
If the whois match is against the AS Handle string, this fact may
lead some whois users making
an incorrect assumption
"Is WHOIS ASxxx" a reliable way to search for the WHOIS record
for AS number xxx ?
Perhaps less surprising behavior would be for WHOIS to default to
lookup by AS number instead
of AS handle string,
when the input is 'a ASxxxxxx'
> # Query terms are ambiguous. The query is assumed to be:
> # "a AS10912"
> # Use "?" to get help.
> No match found for AS10912.