[arin-ppml] ARIN IPs and Spammers? => Need for Governance

Michael Peddemors michael at linuxmagic.com
Mon Nov 10 10:56:10 EST 2014

On 14-11-10 07:34 AM, Kevin Kargel wrote:
> I have to agree with Ted. ARIN is not in the 'acceptable use enforcement' business and that is a line that should not be crossed.  There are many other agencies and venues more appropriate for the task of spam regulation.  ARIN is not a first amendment police, and they are not responsible for misuse of member networks.  ARIN's sole job is registration of IP number resources.
> I am 100% in favor of limiting and restricting spam and other malicious internet abuses, but ARIN is not the appropriate agency to assign the onus of policing these bad actors.  I applaud all the efforts to fight spam and encourage everyone to become much more active and involved in combatting it, but please do it from a proper agency.
> Kevin

However, ARIN does have the mandate regarding proper SWIP for delegated 
IP Addresses, and enforcement in that area might be the first step.

Many of those 'spammers' use forged or false information, and while ARIN 
is not the right place to judge the usage of IP(s), it does have the 
mandate to determine whether an organization is entitled to new resources.

This is a 'first step' which I believe ARIN needs more support in 
addressing, and stronger mandates in this area.

This would help prevent abuse.  Usage of a public resource such as an IP 
Address, should have clearly presented, accurate information as to the 
party using and responsible for such activity.

Some providers are very forward in this regard, requiring identification 
of users/organizations who wish to use their IP resources, and using 
'rwhois' servers and/or SWIP to clearly report this, while others simply 
ignore ARIN guidelines, can't be bothered, or turn a blind eye.

It would be helpful to deal with the later in a more effective way, than 
simply 'taking a  report' of this occurring.

There are many 'can-spam' laws etc, that can address spammers, however 
if the information of the operators is false, inaccurate, or missing, 
that brings extra challenges.

I believe if the information was more accurate, it would also curb some 
of that activity, freeing up IP addresses for better use.

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