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Cloudmark Raises Warning Against Harmful Spam Consequences of IPv6

Security vendor, Cloudmark, has recently claimed that ISPs, particularly those who are not successful in appropriately updating their systems and security to deal with the new IPv6 internet addresses, could trouble themselves by becoming the victims of rising problems from spam e-mails in the future, as reported by IsPreview on March 08, 2011.

Commenting on the matter, Stuart Paton, a Senior Solutions Architect at Cloudmark, stated that, the primary technique for blocking most of the spam utilized by e-mail providers is to find out fake IP addresses dispatching malicious e-mails and stopping them. This process of finding and blocking IP addresses is called as IP Blacklisting. He further stated that, this process will not anymore be applicable with IPv6 and could signify that e-mail systems would instantly become clogged if novel tactics are not created to overcome this, as reported by The Register on March 08, 2011.

IPv6 has been formulated to have a considerably larger number of accessible IP addresses than IPv4 (3.4 x 10^38 in comparison to 4.3 x 10^9). Basically, this depicts great difficulties in monitoring all the IPs for any objective -e-mail dispatcher repute, denial of service, sources utilized for malware ridden sign ups to websites, click sources scam attacks, controlling search engine outcomes, and several other situations.

Paton further mentions an instance saying that the address space is just too big that it would be quite simple for cyber crooks to utilize a sole IP address just once to dispatch a single e-mail. On the basis of these new threats associated with IPv6, Cloudmark backs that ISPs do not firstly require being proficient to receive e-mail from IPv6 addresses besides their own customers, as reported by Security Park on March 08, 2011.

A survey conducted by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) highlighted that, during 2010, 65% of the netizens held responsible their ISPs and ESPs for the circulation of PC viruses, fake e-mails spyware and general spam e-mails. This was followed by antivirus firms, as reported by Zdnet on March 09, 2011.

Conclusively, Microsoft Corporation suggested that, if a device is known to be harmful to the Internet, the netizen should be informed and the device should be cleaned prior it is permitted free access to the Internet, reducing the threat of the compromised device infecting other devices or else disturbing legal Internet activities, as reported by Zdnet on March 09, 2011.

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