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Geoip lookup

This may be just a case of getting what you pay for, but Maxmind marks
entire netblocks as proxies, puts 'em in the wrong country, and
ignores repeated efforts by the registrant of the address space to set
the record straight.  The problem comes when people actually do stuff
with the information, like block access to legitimate web sites
because the're in "proxy space" and therefore assumed to be bad guys
(believe it or not this practice is widespread by well-intentioned but
clueless folk).  Caveat utilitor.


chip <chip.gwyn at gmail.com> writes:

> I've used the MaxMind Lite geo-ip database plus some perl modules and a BGP
> table to get something fairly close.  Anything in the BGP table that was
> larger than a /20 I split into /20's.  For my use case, this was close
> enough.  I then grabbed 30 or so IP's within the range and geo-ip mapped
> them.  You can then apply some algebra and get a general idea of where
> things are or are not.
> Things I used:
> http://search.cpan.org/~plonka/Net-Patricia-1.014/Patricia.pm - For
> ip/prefix/lat-lon mapping
> http://search.cpan.org/~borisz/Geo-IP-1.41/lib/Geo/IP.pm - For Geo-IP
> lat/lon data
> http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/legacy/geolite - Maxmind's city database
> http://data.caida.org/datasets/routing/routeviews-prefix2as/ - for BGP
> prefix/mask + src ASN info
> Good luck!
> --chip
> On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM, shawn wilson <ag4ve.us at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What's the best way to find the networks in a country? I was thinking of
>> writing some perl with Net::Whois::ARIN or some such module and loop
>> through the block. But I think I'll have to be smarter than just a simple
>> loop not to get blocked and I figure I'm not the first to want to do this.
>> I've noticed some paid databases out there. They don't cost much but are
>> they even worth what they charge? Ie, countryipblocks.net doesn't list
>> quite a few addresses from a country I've looked at blocking. Isn't this
>> information free from the different *NICs anyway?
>> This is probably two questions: a program that smartly looks for country's
>> blocks in a block and are GeoIP services worth anything?
> -- 
> Just my $.02, your mileage may vary,  batteries not included, etc....