The Great African IP Address Heist - R558 million's worth of South African Internet Resources usurped with shady domains

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The Great African IP Address Heist - R558 million's worth of South African Internet Resources usurped with shady domains

New information uncovered by MyBroadband, together with Internet investigator Ron Guilmette, has linked two men to bogus e-mail addresses found in the records of misappropriated South African Internet resources.

This follows an investigation into the apparent theft of swaths of valuable African Internet Protocol (IP) address space, said to be worth millions of dollars on the reseller market.

One part of the investigation uncovered how an insider misappropriated several large IP address blocks from the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), the very organisation entrusted to safeguard and maintain the integrity of the ownership database for Africa's IP address space.
 
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