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7Jul/100

IPv6 Spam

I sometimes have mixed feelings for spammers. While I mostly despise them for the time and money they waste in my life - I can't help being a little impressed every now and again.

There has thus far not been any noticeable email spam hitting my mail server on its IPv6 address. This is a relief since the availability of IPv6 RBLs and other spam fighting filters is currently limited.

I was however privileged to receive my first IPv6 comment spam on this blog recently. This means that one of the botnet herders has either included IPv6 support in their code or they are writing good enough code that it is IP version agnostic. Is this a good thing...?

I had hoped that the IPv6 Internet would be free of the evils of the IPv4 Internet. As long as it stays niche there will be no reason for the worst netizens to show their faces on this side of the great IP divide. Then of course we would not be achieving our end goal of moving everyone (including the spammers) to IPv6.

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