It's Friday evening (in North America) so you know what to expect

This evening it appeared that AS 9929 (China Netcom Corporation)
had started to BGP announce the netblock "HCV":

That netblock is assigned by ARIN to

OrgName: Housing and Construction Victoria
Address: GPO Box 1670N
Address: Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Country: AU
NetRange: -
NetHandle: NET-152-147-0-0-1
Parent: NET-152-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Assignment
RegDate: 1991-08-23
Updated: 1991-08-23
TechHandle: TL152-ARIN
TechName: Lewis, Terry
TechPhone: +61 3 669 1028

Housing and Construction Victoria are most certainly not in China.
Given the timing, the intention here hardly needs spelling out.

Roland Verlander, who lives in Australia, very helpfully tells me:

"The contact information is outdated, so I unfortunately cannot attempt
to contact the original owner. I searched AUNIC for POCs with the name
Terry Lewis but I only found other people named Terry Lewis. APNIC has
no results on Terry Lewis."

"The phone number isn't valid, all phone #s in Oz were changed to
8 digits a few years ago (that one's 7 digits) and old 7 digit numbers
don't work anymore; +61 3 669 1028 would have been converted to either
+61 3 8669 1028 or +61 3 9669 1028."

(I checked - neither of those possibilities is a working number)

"No entry in the phone book (white pages) for the name Terry Lewis.
The organisation is not legally registered and I can't find a website
for it, so I guess it no longer exists"

Upstream Adjacent AS list for AS9929:
  AS4637 REACH Reach Network Border AS
  AS1 GNTY-1 Genuity
  AS7018 ATT-INTERNET4 AT&T WorldNet Services
  AS3549 GBLX Global Crossing
  AS3356 LEVEL3 Level 3 Communications, LLC
  AS1239 SPRINTLINK Sprint
  AS3561 CWUSA Cable & Wireless USA
  AS701 ALTERNET-AS UUNET Technologies, Inc.

Ladies and gentlemen, you may wish to adjust your routing.

Richard Cox

I could be mistaken but I believe Sprint has already squashed this

route-server>sho ip bgp longer | inc 147.
* 0 7018 1239 i
* 0 7018 1239
9929 ?
* 0 7018 1239 i

(they are advertising /17 smaller routes to gobble up the badness)

The address "GPO BOx 1670N" is associated with Department of Planning annd
Development with phone# being very close. Here is the info:


Myer House, 250 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
(GPO Box 1670N, Melbourne 3001)
Phone: (03) 9669 1100 Fax: (03) 9669 1005

Secretary of the Department
Mr Barry Nicholls
Ph: (03) 9669 1100; Fax: (03) 9663 1670
Executive Assistant: Ms Julie Kyriakou, Phone: (03) 9669 1864

However I do not think based on looking at that this
department is still operating, so 2nd best guess would be Department of
Human Services in Victoria, Australia, (they have subunit called "office
of housing"). Their domain is and you can lookup technical
contact info in whois on this ("whois -h") and
also see

Sorry about this. I meant to reply privately to Richard and not send this
to everyone...