The new internet—or at least, the new IP protocol that allows the internet to work—rolled out earlier this month
. Shiny and new, it's the future of our online lives. But US law enforcement agencies are worried that it could be abused in intriguing new ways by online criminals.
It's not that IPv6 is less secure than its predecessors; it's actually to do with the administrative side of looking after the new protocol. You see, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will be handing out new addresses on a much less regular schedule—every 10-15 years—and that will mean that ISPs have far less incentive to keep their public IP databases up to date. An FBI spokesperson explained to CNET