First IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Internet attack – What are the implications?

IPv6, the follow on from IPv4, appears to now be large enough for IPv6-based attacks. Like all cyber-attackers they continually look for ways to penetrate any new technology. Arbor Network’s Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report had predicted IPv6 DDoS attacks, and commented:

“This is a significant milestone in the arms race between attackers and defenders,” stated the report. “We believe that the scope and prevalence of IPv6 DDoS attacks will gradually increase over time as IPv6 is more widely deployed.” And, now, they’ve started.

Arbor Networks’ Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer Bill Cerveny commented “Gone are the days when a network failure on the IPv6 Internet would be ignored and undetected because, well, no one noticed (or cared). The same thing that has made the IPv6-enabled Internet ‘valuable’ has also made it an increasingly valuable venue for attacks. While the frequency of attacks is relatively modest on IPv6 today, we expect that accelerated adoption will be followed in-kind by an accelerated pace of attacks.”

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Author: Adam Lawrence | February 21st, 2012

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