African IP Address Heist
"Another part of our investigation involved address assignments referred to as “legacy” IP address blocks. These blocks of addresses are particularly valuable because they do not attract AFRINIC’s annual fees, as they were assigned to companies in the early days of the Internet, before AFRINIC existed.
While combing through Africa’s IP address space, Guilmette discovered that Elad Cohen’s Netstyle e-mail address ([email protected]) appeared in the Internet Routing Registry (IRR) records for the following IP address blocks:
184.108.40.206/14 — Infoplan
220.127.116.11/15 — AECI Information Services
18.104.22.168/16 — Sasol
22.214.171.124/16 — Tredcor
126.96.36.199/16 — Wooltru
188.8.131.52/16 — Afrox MIS
When queried about the Infoplan, AECI, Sasol, Tredcor, and Wooltru blocks, Cohen stated that they (Netstyle) are the owners of all of those ranges, except the Sasol block. He also said that he regrets ever buying them."