URGENT! Root Servers not updated

Hank Nussbacher writes:

On a related note, how do people these days determine who is the owner of
an AS# that is registered with Internic? All attempts for the past 2
months with commands like "whois -h whois.internic.net asxxxx" result in
totally corrupted data.

  Leave off the "as" in the front of the number and it should
  work just fine. If you prefix it with "as" it thinks you are
  looking for a NIC handle.

  Dave Stoddard
  US Net Incorporated