Beware of unscrupulous individuals offering you
ridiculous amounts of IP addresses they don't own. Those are
botnets, open proxies, or Thor network computers whose resources are
abused without their owner's consent. In most jurisdictions, this will
make you liable for legal action and punitive damages.
We have direct control over all the IP addresses we allocate to our
clients. Why take risks with your operations?
IP addresses are scarce commodity.
Usable IP (IPv4) space
is estimated to be depleted by 2012. Global registrars take stringent
actions to ensure proper use of their allocated IPv4 addresses. This in most
cases requires usage justification for each and every IP address an entity
is assigned to.
Resource depletion coupled with the cost of an IP address reaching around
$6 per annum in majority of cases makes it prohibitive to operate on such
vast inventory unless you happen to be a Fortune 500 Telecommunication
So how is this done?
Majority of these offers operate on open or hacked proxies without their owners' knowledge or consent.
- Rest work on botnets, known also as zombie computers. Botnets are groups
of compromised (hacked) personal computers that are acquired through the use
of viruses, trojans, Operating System exploits or other malware. Botnets are
major internet threat since they emanate 96% of all unsolicited commercial
mail. Botnets are also used actively on DDOS attacks against networks and
organizations and are a major originator of internet extortion cases. In all
cases, the owners' of these computer have no knowledge of what is
or how their computers are being used.
- A minor percentage utilizes Thor (spelt intentionally) computers which
are mostly located in restrictive ISP environments since the computer
owners' sole purpose is to do what the ISP restricted them to do in the
first place. Most of the time these individuals think they are bypassing
their ISP and have no knowledge of entire internet population being routed
through their computers.
- Some others abuse their ISP's DSL ToS by quickly disconnecting and connectiong
their lines to get a new DSL IP address from their ISP.
- In all cases... Those computer meshes, since they
are personal computers with limited internet connections, are slow, congested, unreliable,
cause frequent service interruptions and
those offering the service do it from throwaway websites, emails, or domains
with no history. You would be hard-pressed to find any of them with more
than a single year in existence or any contact details except an email or a
PayPal account registered to a person in Romania or Russia.
- In all cases... utilizing any of these networks is illegal and will make
you liable for legal consequences in their jurisdictions.