Cracking Down on Cyberspace Land Grabs: Great article on the New Thing — stealing IP blocks.
“Network operators were galvanized by a particularly brazen case in April, when a trail of spam led to the discovery that no-less than six /16s — nearly 400,000 addresses — had been misappropriated from Trafalgar House, a British construction and shipping conglomerate that’s now part of Aker Kvaerner, headquartered in Norway. From the U.K., Cox discovered that the perpetrators conned the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) into changing the contact information for the space. One of the /16s was traced to a Dutch spammer, and the other five to a mysterious company called ‘Fedfinancial Corp.’”
Figures spammers were in there somewhere.