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'The Great African IP Address Heist' - 4m stolen, most from SA organisations

27 January 2021 7:16 PM
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Jan Vermeulen
The Money Show
Bruce Whitfield
IP address
web address
internet heist
African Network Information Centre
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Afrinic

'You can sell them for a lot of money or you can lease them if you want to make an annuity income!' - MyBroadband's Jan Vermeulen
Image: Pete Linforth on Pixabay

More than 4 million Internet Protocol (IP) addresses have been hijacked on the continent over the past decade.

On The Money Show, Jan Vermeulen (editor-at-large at MyBroadband.co.za) explains exactly how an IP address functions.

It's a unique identifier that allows you to communicate on the Internet - it's how computers communicate with one another.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-large - MyBroadband

When you type google.com into your browser bar, that's first translated into an IP address which you then make a request against and then that Google server needs to communicate back to you at an IP address.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-large - MyBroadband

You need an IP address on both sides - that's part of the reason they are so valuable.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-large - MyBroadband

You can sell them for a lot of money or you can lease them if you want to make an annuity income!

Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-large - MyBroadband

Vermeulen says they've linked two thirds of the stolen IP addresses (Heist One) to at least one insider at the organisation tasked with keeping them safe - The African Network Information Centre (Afrinic).

To hear more about the IP address heist, take a listen:




27 January 2021 7:16 PM
Tags:
Jan Vermeulen
The Money Show
Bruce Whitfield
IP address
web address
internet heist
African Network Information Centre
Internet Protocol address
Afrinic

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