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The internet is built on IP addresses. However to make it easier to access a server, the domain name implemented. To record who owns what domain name all information is stored in a large database generally referred to as the WHOIS database. You can run your own search by typing whois.


WHOIS look ups can also be done on IP addresses to see who they are registered to for things like reporting spam or abuse. Simply use the same command but replace it with the IP address to query instead.

Some providers offer are more refined database of their own that they store customer information in. For example:


This is one example of a referral server and you can query it and find our more information generally even reseller names and details.

eg. whois -h -p 4321 <ipaddress>

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