Unauthorized Changes to ARIN Database

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2003

There have been many cases of unauthorized changes to the ARIN database over the past year. ARIN takes each case of an unauthorized database change very seriously. During the course of this year we have amended many of our procedures and developed new ones in an effort to prevent the occurrence of unauthorized changes. We will continue to do so as long as is necessary.

Because ARINs main area of involvement in these cases revolves around inaccurate information being populated to the database, we must concentrate on researching and correcting these inaccuracies. We have a very clear set of internal business practices and rules that dictate what actions we can take, and there are a certain set of protocols that we must follow. Unfortunately, the time involved in following these procedures does not always allow for an immediate remedy to inaccuracies, but they must be followed. In following these procedures, we must also adhere to our common practices of non-disclosure to the general public.

ARIN is currently cooperating with all law enforcement agencies that use their powers to obtain subpoenas or other tools available to them to obtain information from ARIN. These agencies include the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general and local district attorneys. Often they seek to obtain information related to cases where individuals have falsified their identity to make unauthorized changes to records in the ARIN database. In addition to this ongoing cooperation, which is mandated by law, ARIN will proactively report newly documented cases that come to its attention to law enforcement authorities without notice to those engaged in such activity.

Richard Jimmerson
Director of Operations
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)