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Who’s Behind Macserialjunkie?

Thankfully for Mac developers everywhere, Macserialjunkie (aka MSJ) has been down for quite a few days now.

Interestingly, though, I notice that it’s now being hosted directly in IP space belonging to Infinite Technologies. For those who don’t know, Infinite Technologies are colluding with the people running MSJ. How do I know this? Well, because we complained about MSJ to the ISP that they were using, who told us that it was being hosted by one of their clients and passed on our complaint.

In response, I got an e-mail from Ganesh Rao, who styles himself “Head of Network Operations/Network Architect”:

Seems friendly enough, right? Well I explained what MSJ was and what id did and that I didn’t think that any ISP that claimed to be supportive of copyright should be hosting such a website. Ganesh replied:

I found that quite offensive—basically Ganesh Rao was calling me a liar—and I said so. Eventually the conversation ended with

Notice that the tone has changed completely. Originally Mr. Rao was trying to make it seem as if he had no relationship with Macserialjunkie. But in this final e-mail the relationship is obvious. He talks about how “we” have connections with multiple Swedish ISPs, and about how easy it would be to transfer the data over to one of them.

Anyway, after forwarding this to the upstream ISP, it seems that action was eventually taken to kick MSJ off the servers they were using. It has, of course, resurfaced, but this time at, which (surprise surprise) is registered to none other than Infinite Technologies and in particular Mr. Ganesh Rao:

OrgName:    RIPE Network Coordination Centre
OrgID:      RIPE
Address:    P.O. Box 10096
City:       Amsterdam
PostalCode: 1001EB
Country:    NL

ReferralServer: whois://

NetRange: -
NetName:    94-RIPE
NetHandle:  NET-94-0-0-0-1
NetType:    Allocated to RIPE NCC
NameServer: SEC1.APNIC.NET
NameServer: SEC3.APNIC.NET
Comment:    These addresses have been further assigned to users in
Comment:    the RIPE NCC region. Contact information can be found in
Comment:    the RIPE database at
RegDate:    2007-07-30
Updated:    2007-08-07

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inetnum: -
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mnt-routes:     ITECH-MNT
source:         RIPE # Filtered

organisation:   ORG-ITPL2-RIPE
org-name:       Infinite Technologies
org-type:       OTHER
address:        Postbus 964
address:        5000 AZ, Tilburg
address:        The Netherlands
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source:         RIPE # Filtered

person:         Ganesh Rao
address:        PO Box 964
address:        Tilburg, 5000 AZ
address:        The Netherlands
phone:          +31-(0)13-2202617
fax-no:         +1 (408) 856-2445
remarks:        +--------------------------
remarks:        Head of Operations
remarks:        Technical / Sales / Abuse Dept.
remarks:        +--------------------------
nic-hdl:        ITGR-RIPE
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descr:          PL-SWIFTWAY-20080709
origin:         AS35017
mnt-by:         swiftway-mnt
source:         RIPE # Filtered

Their new upstream ISP appears to be Swiftway, a Polish firm that for some reason uses a UK domain name for its site. It seems unlikely that hosting MSJ is something that is allowable under Swiftway’s Acceptable Use Policy, since it (MSJ) clearly is used “to distribute…material in violation of applicable law…in a manner that will infringe the copyright…of others”.