Ooops :-)

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De : John Curran <>
Date: lun. 6 janv. 2020 à 17:13
Subject: Suspension of Cogent access to ARIN Whois
To: <>

On 22 Sep 2019, at 8:52 AM, Tim Burke <> wrote:

That is just The Cogent Way™, unfortunately. I just had (yet another)
Cogent rep spam me using an email address that is _only_ used as an ARIN
contact, trying to sell me bandwidth. When I called him out on it, with CCed, he backpedaled and claimed to obtain my
information from Google.

ARIN has repeatedly informed Cogent that their use of the ARIN Whois for
solicitation is contrary to the terms of use and that they must stop.
Despite ARIN’s multiple written demands to Cogent to cease these prohibited
activities, ARIN has continued to receive complaints from registrants that
Cogent continues to engage in these prohibited solicitation activities.

For this reason, ARIN has suspended Cogent Communications’ use of
ARIN’s Whois database effective today and continuing for a period of six
months.  For additional details please refer to
   ARIN will restore Cogent’s access to the Whois database at an earlier
time if Cogent meets certain conditions, including instructing its sales
personnel not engage in the prohibited solicitation activities.

Given the otherwise general availability of ARIN Whois, it is quite
possible that Cogent personnel may evade the suspension via various means
and continue their solicitation.  If that does occur, please inform us (via, as ARIN is prepared to extend the suspension
and/or bring appropriate legal action.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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