Emergence of IPv6 Could Hinder Investigations, FBI Worries

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The emergence of new online addresses related to the introduction of IPv6 could hinder U.S. authorities’ abilities to investigate cyber-crimes. The agency recently expressed such a concern, according to Thursday report from CNET.

A representative speaking on the agency’s behalf emphasized that new cyber tools may need to be developed to comply with the evolving web. IPv6 allows web IP addresses to contain more digits. The previous protocol, IPv4 officially ran out of available addresses in February of last year.

To deal with any problems IPv6 could cause authorities, the FBI created the Domestic Communications Assistance Center. CNET previously detailed the unit in a report. Meanwhile, the FBI has met with IP providers to address concerns.

According to the report, the agency is worried that IPv6 will hinder its ability to obtain cyber records. The FBI routinely uses IPv4 addresses to trace suspected cyber offenses. A technology called Network Address Translation complicates the issue. Through it, IP providers allow multiple sources to share a single IP address. Particularly, that issue obviously makes it hard to trace a specific suspect.

Last month, a CNET report indicated that the Bureau could be pushing a new proposal requiring sites like Facebook and Google to make their coding more wiretap friendly.