[sig-policy] prop-079: Abuse contact information (abuse-c)

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  • From: Randy Bush <randy at psg dot com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 03:04:07 -0500
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      The proposal, 'Abuse contact information (abuse-c)', has been sent to
      the Policy SIG for review. It will be presented at the Policy SIG at 
      APNIC 29 in Kuala Lumpur, 1-5 March 2010.
      We invite you to review and comment on the proposal on the mailing list
      before the meeting.
      The comment period on the mailing list before an APNIC meeting is an
      important part of the policy development process. We encourage you to
      express your views on the proposal:
           - Do you support or oppose this proposal?
           - Does this proposal solve a problem you are experiencing? If
             so, tell the community about your situation.
           - Do you see any disadvantages in this proposal?
           - Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
           - What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more
      Information about this and other policy proposals is available from:
      Randy, Ching-Heng, and Terence
      prop-079-v001: Abuse contact information (abuse-c)
      Author:    Tobias Knecht <tk at abusix dot org>
      Version:   1
      Date:      29 January 2010
      1.  Introduction
      This is a proposal to introduce a mandatory abuse contact field for
      objects in the APNIC Whois Database to provide a more efficient way for
      abuse reports to reach the correct network contact.
      2.  Summary of current problem
      More and more network owners are starting to establish dedicated abuse
      handling departments.
      More and more network owners are also starting to exchange abusive
      behavior data with each other to help source networks identify internal
      abuse problems faster.
      Currently within the APNIC region, the growing amount of abuse reports
      are sent to tech-c or admin-c contacts as encouraged on the APNIC
      website.[1] This is because APNIC Whois Database currently has no
      specialised contact object for abuse departments. Instead, all abuse
      reports are sent to the "wrong" contact first.
      3.  Situation in other RIRs
           There are currently no specific abuse-related fields implemented in
           the AfriNIC Whois Database. However, if the current proposal
           is successful in the APNIC region, the author plans to submit a
           similar proposal for the AfriNIC region.
           An abuse-POC exists for Organizational ID identifiers.[2]
           An abuse-c exists for Autonomous System objects.[3]
           An IRT (Incident Response Team) object can be linked to inetnum and
           inet6num objects.[4]
      4.  Details of the proposal
      It is proposed that APNIC create a mandatory abuse-c.
      The mandatory abuse-c field should:
           - Refer to the nic-handle of a person or role object that contains
             contact information for the appropriate dedicated abuse handling
           - Be mandatory in the following objects:
             - inetnum
             - inet6num
             - aut-num
           - Appear only once in an object
      On implementation of this proposal, all existing objects in the database
      would have their "abuse-c" fields automatically populated with the
      nic-handle(s) referred to in the tech-c field.
      5.  Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal
      5.1 Advantages
           - Networks will be able to supply their own contact information for
             abuse departments.
           - Abuse complaints will not be sent to the "wrong" contact any more.
           - There will be more flexibility. Faster abuse handling will be
              possible leading to less abusive behavior.
      5.2 Disadvantages
           - No disadvantages are foreseen.
      6.  Effect on APNIC members
      All APNIC members would need to add the mandatory abuse-c information
      upon this policy proposal's implementation.
      There are no negative effects, however, as the abuse-c fields would be
      populated with existing nic-handles on implementation of this proposal.
      7.  Effect on NIRs
      It would be of benefit to the whole Internet community if NIRs were to
      implement a similar abuse contact scheme in their whois databases. But
      this would be another proposal.
      8.  References
      [1] Reporting abuse and spam
      [2] Introduction to ARIN's Database
      [3] LACNIC Policy Manual (v1.3 - 07/11/2009)
      [4] IRT Object FAQ