In the second half of 2010 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) started sending emails to all Points Of Contact (POCs) registered in the ARIN Whois database. Since then, I have been seeing more and more chatter about these emails – including increased traffic here on my blog. Because I am at least partially responsible for these emails going out, I figured I would put up a sort of public service announcement, and hope that folks see it.

First off: Yes, this is a valid request from a legitimate organization.

Second: There is very good reason for ARIN to conduct this annual validation.

Valid and Legitimate

ARIN is the American Registry for Internet Numbers. They are the organization responsible for all IP addresses and AS numbers in the North American region. ARIN was established in 1997 and Applying the principles of stewardship, ARIN, a nonprofit corporation, allocates Internet Protocol resources;