Initial results from an IPv6 darknet

Matthew Ford, Jonathan Stevens, John Ronan

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Abstract

A darknet is an advertised and routed portion of Internet address space that contains no advertised services. Any traffic observed on a darknet is therefore illegitimate and darknets are useful tools for observing the level of background 'noise ' on a larger network. Darknets have been used in existing IPv4 networks to help to identify malicious traffic, malware trends, or the consequences of misconfiguration. We have created what may be the world's first IPv6 darknet to help us observe the 'noise' present on the IPv6 Internet and to see how this differs from the IPv4 Internet. Initial results suggest that the level of undirected malicious software active on the IPv6 Internet is currently minimal and there is no apparent undirected port-scanning activity. We suspect this is partially a (predicted) consequence of the larger IPv6 address space and also an indication of the immaturity of the IPv6 Internet at the present time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Internet Surveillance and Protection, ICISP'06
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Internet Surveillance and Protection, ICISP'06 - Cote d'Azur, France
Duration: 26 Aug 200628 Aug 2006

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Internet Surveillance and Protection, ICISP'06

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Internet Surveillance and Protection, ICISP'06
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityCote d'Azur
Period26/08/200628/08/2006

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