Well, just when the Internet ™ was working well, here is the bad news. After a decade of putting off the inevitable, the IPv4 address space is officially exhausted. No more 188.8.131.52 for you!
Since moving to the linode server, I enabled IPv6 and sat back waiting for something to happen. About a week ago, I got the first attempt at hacking the server via ipv6 (or the first one I caught!)
IPv6 was a very bad idea designed by committee. It may well never actually see use by everyone, but be replaced by an yet un-designed IPv5. With Ipv6, literally every atom of matter in the universe could have its own unique IP address. For those who care, the Ipv6 version of this server is located at:
For the insanely curious, an ipv6 address has 128 bits, rather than the 32 bits of IPv4. The 128 bits is made of 8 groups of 16 bits – if a number is zero, it can be omitted… so making it a little more readable
LiNode has been assigned
Net Range 2600:3C00:: – 2600:3C03:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF:FFFF
which is potentially 19,807,040,628,566,084,398,385,987,584 unique IPv6 IP addresses.