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Re: more Internic nightmare
Then you agree with Randy in that, there is no way to prevent whois contact mining if the data is out there. So it now becomes a question of what do we want more, contact info for tech use, or privacy from spam. That's some choice. <sigh> I always thought the role accounts were a good partial answer (especially where the EU privacy issue is concerned), Pre-pay is another. Note that hostmaster addresses do not get spammed much anymore (it's a sure fire way to get the account nuked). Another restriction could be to throttle whois to *only* tech contact info, without a court order. At 04:59 PM 3/23/99 -0800, Derek Balling wrote: >On Tue, 23 Mar 1999, Roeland M.J. Meyer wrote: > >> Yes, this can be circumvented, but it would cost a lot more than the $70 >> for a domain registration. In addition, the whois server would know exactly >> who is mining the data and would be able to track them, even if they spread >> it out over months. > >Unless you're planning on enforcing passwords for contacts then I don't >think it'd take all that much to SIMULATE a client, choosing random people >from the whois database, and blaming other people for your whois queries. >An even more intelligent system would use the tech contact for the LAST >result as the requestor for the current one so that there would be no >visible pattern. > >The source code for the client is going to be out there, so people will >figure out how it works, reverse engineer a version that uses a forged, >but existing, tech contact, and go on with their day. > >D > >====================================================================== >Derek J. Balling | "Bill Gates is a monocle and a white >[email protected] | fluffy cat from being a villain in the >http://www.megacity.org/ | next Bond film." - Dennis Miller >====================================================================== ___________________________________________________ Roeland M.J. Meyer - e-mail: mailto:[email protected] Internet phone: hawk.lvrmr.mhsc.com Personal web pages: http://staff.mhsc.com/~rmeyer Company web-site: http://www.mhsc.com ___________________________________________________ KISS ... gotta love it!