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Cyber Threats Abound for World IPv6 Day

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Wired magazine calls it the “nerdiest holiday ever” and the “biggest geek party since Pi Day,” but around the world, some are taking World IPv6 Day very seriously.

“Granted it isn“™t up there with the World Cup final, or the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but today many of the key players, including Google, Facebook, Bing, Yahoo and others, will deliver their traffic over the next generation of Internet addresses,” The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Europe writes, and cautions against hackers who are looking to crash the party.

Hundreds of popular websites will participate in a 24-hour trial of IPv6 to ensure their services have a smooth migration as  IPv4 addresses become depleted. However, some worry that hackers may want to take advantage and exploit flaws in this new technology.

Computerworld reports that hackers may use the day to launch a attacks as IPv6 lacks the established security devices built to protect sites on the old system.

Ron Meyran, Radware’s director of product marketing and security, told Computerworld that “IPv6 is going to be even easier for attackers “¦ because IPv6 traffic will go through your deep-packet inspection systems uninspected.“

Another concern Meyran cited is that IPv6 packet headers are four times larger than IPv4 headers, which means routers, firewalls and other network devices have to process more data, making it easier to overwhelm them in a DDoS attack, he said.

Hackers are not the only issue anticipated with this worldwide celebration: Nearly 1 million Internet users are today expected to experience IPv6 brokenness or have problems connecting to some of their favorite websites, PCWorld reported.

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