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An Introduction to IRR Explorer

Teun Vink

In this article we take a look at how IRR explorer can be used to analyse and improve routing, IRR registrations, and RPKI configurations by looking at a number of real world examples.

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The Curious Case of Packets From ::

Robert Kisteleki

RIPE Atlas has a large enough footprint all over the world to observe various kinds of network behaviour. Recently we've been notified about a case where the IPv6 source address ::/128 appeared in some of our traceroutes. We set out to discover why this happens.

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A Special RIPE NCC Country Report: IPv6 in Sweden

Suzanne Taylor

We investigate the state of IPv6 in Sweden in this special RIPE NCC Internet Country Report.

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Securing the RIPE NCC Trust Anchor

At the RIPE NCC, we recently migrated one of the Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) we use to handle keys in RPKI. In this article, we give a detailed overview of the role HSMs play in the broader RPKI system and talk through the steps we took to carry out the migration process.

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RIPE NCC Internet Country Report: Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania

Suzanne Taylor

We take a comprehensive look at three different countries in southeastern Europe as the next in our series of RIPE NCC Internet Country Reports.

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Keep Ukraine Connected

Alun Davies

The Global NOG Alliance is actively working to help keep the Ukrainian Internet connected. On 13 April, they delivered their first shipment of vital hardware into the country. I caught up with the team to talk about how the first delivery went, how this got started, and what's coming next.

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Detecting DNS Root Manipulation

Qasim Lone

In 2021, reports emerged that hosts in Mexico were unable to reach whatsapp.net. It was determined that middleboxes were to blame, intercepting the queries to the root instance hosted in China and sending a bogus reply. This article investigates the prevalence of middleboxes using RIPE Atlas probes.

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Measuring Damage on the Internet

Alun Davies

In the first episode of the RIPE Labs podcast, Emile Aben shares his views on the importance of efforts to keep the Internet 'lit' by turning data from such sources as RIPE Atlas and RIPE RIS into visualisations that can help network operators understand what's going on when parts of the Internet g…

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Internet Exchange Points - Beyond Configuration Issues

Zaher Qassrawi

In today's world, the need for a stable and continuous Internet connection is often a matter of urgency, but infrastructure failures and political conflicts can cause connectivity interruptions at both the local and international levels. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) play an important role in hel…

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How Is Russia Connected To The Wider Internet?

Emile Aben

Speculation about Russia disconnecting or being disconnected from the wider Internet abounds. In this article, we look at the connectivity of the Russian Internet to the wider Internet and how this evolved around the Russian invasion into Ukraine and sanctions related around that.

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