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IPv6 Adoption Brings New Security Risks

Although IPv6 DDoS attacks are not yet a common occurrence, there are indications that malicious actors have started testing and researching IPv6 based DDoS attack methods. In its recent State of the Internet Security report, Akamai warns about a new set of risks and challenges associated with the transition to IPv6 which are already affecting cloud providers as well as home and corporate network owners. "Many IPv4 DDoS attacks can be replicated using IPv6 protocols, while some new attack vectors are directly related to the IPv6 architecture. Many of the features of IPv6 could enable attackers to bypass IPv4-based protections, creating a larger and possibly more effective DDoS attack surface."

Related topics: Cybersecurity, DDoS, IPv6

 
   

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