EXPERTS MAURITIUS Millions of Africa’s Internet Addresses Stolen 2 weeks ago Samuel Post Views: 76 Industrialized nations have long used Africa to make money, enslaving its people and mining its gold and diamonds. Digital resources are proving no different. Millions of internet IP addresses given to Africa have been taken, sometimes illegally. An IP address, or internet protocol, is a one-of-a-kind address on the internet that belongs to an individual’s internet connection. IP addresses are assigned to parts of the world by the organization IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Instead of serving Africa’s internet development, many of the IP addresses have been taken by criminals. Other addresses are being used for Chinese gambling and pornography websites. Within Africa, the nonprofit AFRINIC gives out IP addresses. A top employee appears to have given out addresses illegally in a major fraud case. New leadership at AFRINIC, which is based in Mauritius, is working to take back the stolen addresses. But a legal fight by a rich Chinese businessman is threatening AFRINIC’s existence. The businessman is Lu Heng, from Hong Kong. It is unclear how he received 6.2 million African addresses from 2013 to 2016. That is about 5 percent of the continent’s total and more than all of Kenya. Now, those addresses are worth $150 million. When AFRINIC took back the addresses, Lu fought back. In late July, his lawyers persuaded a judge in Mauritius to freeze the group’s bank accounts. His company also announced an $80 million defamation claim against AFRINIC and its new leadership. Lu’s action is a shock to internet freedom supporters, who see the internet as a tool for advancing society. Some worry it could weaken the entire address system that makes the internet work. The inside workings of the internet are little understood and rarely face public examination. Five nonprofit groups around the world decide who owns and operates the internet’s first-generation IP addresses. Created in 2003, AFRINIC was the last of the five groups to be created. Lu told The Associated Press that he is honest and did not get the African addresses illegally. He also said that groups like AFRINIC should not decide where IP addresses are used. “AFRINIC is supposed to serve the internet, it’s not supposed to serve Africa,” Lu said. In taking back Lu’s addresses, AFRINIC is trying to reclaim internet space that is important for Africa’s development. The continent is behind the rest of the world in using internet resources to raise living conditions and improve health and education. Africa has been given just 3 percent of the world’s first-generation IP addresses. AFRINIC’s former number two official, Ernest Byaruhanga, was removed from the organization in 2019. He was accused of the theft of millions of AFRINIC IP addresses. Byahuranga is believed to be living in his home country of Uganda, but could not be found for comment.nAn Israeli business man also controls some AFRINIC IP addresses. He has also brought legal action against the organization for trying to reclaim the addresses. Source: learningenglish.voanews.com SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: AFRINIC, IP Adress, Mauritius Continue Reading Previous ICE London 2022 opens registration for its return to the ExCeLNext Online gambling taxation as a way of African economic recovery More Stories CASINO HOT NEWS MAURITIUS COVID19 Six Positive Case reported Mauritius Casinos 5 days ago Adeleye Awakan EXPERTS KENYA Flutterwave Partners with Airtel Money 6 days ago Adeleye Awakan EXPERTS HISTORY History gambling in Asia 1 week ago Samuel EXPERTS NAMIBIA Namibia further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions 1 week ago Samuel EXPERTS HOT NEWS Bolstering Africa’s Gambling Industry through Technology 1 week ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS HOT NEWS SOUTH AFRICA Why Mobile is the future of banking in Africa 1 week ago Iwo Bulski CASINO EXPERTS How to cope with gambling loses and start winning. 2 weeks ago Fahad Luyzburg EXPERTS HOT NEWS Vat on sport betting in Nigeria & Ghana – what investors & biz executives must know 2 weeks ago Adeleye Awakan EXPERTS ONLINE Online gambling taxation as a way of African economic recovery 2 weeks ago Szarlot EXPERTS WORLD NEWS ICE London 2022 opens registration for its return to the ExCeL 2 weeks ago Szarlot EXPERTS MAURITIUS Tourism Casinos and Gaming House Resume Operation in Mauritius 3 weeks ago Adeleye Awakan EXPERTS NIGERIA Nigeria: Lottery Regulatory Commission DG Denounce Protest 3 weeks ago Adeleye Awakan Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.