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Cisco proclaimed that it is more dangerous to click on a web ad than a porn site these days as it unveiled the latest version of its security threat report. The vendor also expanded its security offering, pulling in mobile management support for its ISE platform and announcing it had hoovered up Czech-based real-time security …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Deadlines missed did I read?

    a one hit wonder upon webex?

    Wireless Lan controller ( and other versions)?

    "Cisco Bug ID/CVE:

    CSRF: CSCud50283/CVE-2012-5992,

    XSS: CSCud65187/CVE-2012-6007

    DoS: CSCud50209/CVE-2012-5991"

    and the DPC2420 router issues?

  2. southpacificpom

    Right boss, after extensive research this is the security model I have come up with for the companies internet safety,

    1. Block all Google Ads.

    2. Remove block on all porn sites in our web filter.

    3. .......

  3. OPS


    If it's not a link to porn I don't even click it, can't be too safe these days.

  4. RonWheeler

    Perfectly demonstrates why everything to do with Cisco

    is really super-duper technically aren't-we-so-elite technically really clever, complete with lots of obscure semi proprietary technologies with TLAs that sound impressive. Yet in the real world produce well-marketed utterly fu$%1ng useless bugtastic malfunctioning crap. .

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    AdBlock to the rescue.

    "On the upside, perhaps, online adverts were 182 times more likely to deliver malware than a porno site, the survey said."

    I am not using, or letting my family use, any device without some kind of AdBlock. Nobody believes me when I say that I had no virus problem on anything for a very long time (for sure more then 5 years). Ads are evil.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Only 5 years ?

      It has been since at least 1998 since I have last seen malware on any of my home PCs.

      Do I have expensive AV software and firewalls ? No.

      Do I seek out and immediately install all updates to all my software ? No.

      What have I done then ? Simple :

      1) I have set IE as a web browser I only use for specific sites that do not work without it.

      2) I use Firefox with Adblock, NoScript, Redirect Remover and Cookie Manager add-ons.

      3) I do not use Outlook for my email.

      4) I do not install toolbars of any kind, ever.

      5) I do not have any IM client of any kind anywhere.

      6) I do not use any social sites or even social media of any kind if I can help it.

      7) I do not blindly click on every link I get in my mail. Unsolicited crap gets trashed by my whitelist management system, anything else I check and verify before clicking - if I feel that it has a possible relevance to me.

      Now, I am a particularly rabid curmudgeon, I agree, but I do believe that the first 4 steps - and the last one - can be easily followed by everyone without trouble. If you do have use for Facebook, Twitter or whatever, it's your call; I'm not criticizing that, just saying I don't use them.

      And since malware writers love targeting things that are widely used, not being on Facebook certainly saves me from some measure of risk.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Only 5 years ?

        I had to double take there, for a minute I thought you said a rabid cumdungeon. o.o

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        1. Elmer Phud

          Re: Only 5 years ?

          I'm still using my XT and a 16k modem etc.etc.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No worries

    Unsurprisingly, Cisco has answers to these threats, or at least for those whose preferred solution is not to spend all their web time browsing for porn.

    Right, I've got no need to worry then.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    oh no, there's this really dangerous thing that's in a place you didn't think of

    And the thing you thought was dangerous isn't

    We can help you fix that and only for a medium amount of money

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Didn't even read the article.

    Confess, I didn't even read the article. However, with the title alone I completely agree. In fact, even before Google became huge I thought this could be the truth due to how certain things work on sites like Yahoo's Geocities, ICQ and not to mention AOL (they double dipped).

    A porn/smut company wants a simple thing from you, and if you are a potential client, then you just sign up with a credit card. That's simple, quick and to the point. However, with something like Google on the other hand, what is a potential client? There takes a lot more digging around in personal data to figure this out, not to mention that the data Google is collecting is mostly involuntary, or at least unknowingly supplied.

    This would seem obvious to most, but don't forget, Google is 1 company, just like that porn site is 1 company.

  9. nuked

    lol @ "I've been virus clean for 5 years - I recommend AdBlock to everyone"

    1. asdf

      "I've been virus clean for 5 years - I recommend AdBlock to everyone"

      can also be translated as I run some crap 3rd world free antivirus program that doesn't find crap and I think I'm safe.

      1. Elmer Phud

        Ad Block

        It's very useful -- a single right-click on a photo of Zuckerberg in Facebook means that any image file coming from Facebook servers is never seen.

        Adblock has never been A/V -- it means that reading newspapers on-line don't come with loads of adverts (especially if you can find the ad server address and block it directly)

  10. asdf


    I must be getting old I remember when Cisco gear was peerless and when they said something it mattered. Wow that had to be during the Clinton era at least. Now when I see Cisco my mind translates it to Linksys and I laugh.

  11. adnim

    I have been online

    since around 1993, perhaps earlier. I cannot remember exactly when I first went online.

    There wasn't much in the way of advertising then and surfing the the Internet was an adventure. I watched the commercialisation of the Internet and was not impressed.

    Some of you may find this hard to believe but it is true. I have never ever clicked on an advertisement, seriously in all that time I haven't, and I never will. As soon as I discovered what the host file was for I made use of it to block all the crap. Now there is adblock which makes things a little easier.

    I have never had a virus on my PC, at least none that I was aware of. Perhaps I have been owned in my ignorance, there are far more clever people out there than me.

    Code red owned a network I was responsible for but then again it owned the whole corporate network and not just my site.

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